I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email invitation to the opening of the Singapore Food Festival 2008. Apparently, bloggers are now considered part of the media too. :) With the increasing dependence and popularity of the internet, maybe it's no surprise that a new wave of media has slowly emerged.
Among the crowd there, I spotted Makansutra's K.F. Seetoh, Wild Rocket's Willin Low, food bloggers Chubby Hubby & S and the Sunday Times food critic Wong Ah Yok.
The opening celebrations began by a Char Kway Teow fry-up by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry. It was a cameraman's favourite as
Besides Mr Lee, the Singapore Tourism Board also held their own with their CEO whipping up Rojak, a local salad of fried dough fritters, pineapple, turnip, beansprouts, smoked beancurd puffs, among others, tossed with peanut, sugar and a squeeze of lime in a piquant prawn paste sauce.
The Singapore Food Sampler made its way to my table. It was almost like a Singaporean degustation offering. Mini portions of Char Kway Teow, Chicken Rice, Laksa, Roti Prata and Satay provided a taste of our local hawker fare. It's a really good way for tourists to sample their way through Singapore!
And it can't get any more Singaporean than Tiger beer, who sponsored the beer for that night. Oh yes, a really cold Tiger on a hot day/night is a pleasure.
Thank you Candy for the invitation and to all the people who made the Singapore Food Festival possible!
Chew On This: In line with the retro old skool theme of that night, each guests was given a goodie bag that was made of brown paper and had a red-and-white-striped string attached.
Here's a view of its contents. Rather heavy it was.
Among the goodies is the cool first day cover stamps which is a collaboration between Singapore and Macao. Selected dishes of both countries are featured on the stamps and guess which prominent dish represented Singapore?