There’s nothing more cliche than the saying “Singapore is a melting pot of cultures”. But, at least the food scene reflects this perfectly. From traditional hawker fare to Michelin-starred restaurants, Singapore has it all. But what better way to experience the city’s culinary diversity than through its food festivals? Whether you’re a foodie looking for new experiences or just someone who enjoys a good meal, these festivals are sure to satisfy your cravings. 

Get ready to indulge in a gastronomic journey as we explore some of the upcoming food festivals in Singapore. 

1. Chatuchak Night Market

Photo: Chatuchak Singapore

Save your plane tickets and head down to The Grandstand instead. The world’s first Chatuchak Night Market outside Thailand is making its way to Singapore from 7 February to 4 April 2023.

Chatuchak Night Market is one of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attraction, holding up to 15,000 stalls. Its Singapore counterpart, in collaboration with Thailand’s OTOP, boasts over 180 vendors that showcase the best of Thailand’s culture. OTOP, short for One Tambon One Product, supports unique local brands for Thailand’s sub-districts.

Boasting a minimum of 3/5 stars in terms of food quality, visitors can indulge in authentic Thai food native to different provinces, such as Thai Roti Prata, E-Sarn Sausage, and Thai Prawn Vercimelli. Of course, no Thai night market is complete without Cha Chak, more commonly known as Thai Milk Tea.

Chatuchak Night Market

Date: 7 Feb-2 Apr 2023

Location: The Grandstand, South Carpark, 200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994

2. ISETAN’s Sakura Matsuri

Kumamon Ningyo Yaki, produced in the shape of the renowned Kumamon from Kumamoto, Japan. Photo: Monario

Can’t get enough of Japanese sweets? Indulge in a variety of authentic Japanese food — sweet and savoury — in ISETAN’s Sakura Matsuri.

Also known as the spring festival, this year’s Japanese food festival features 33 renowned brands, including Tsukiji Unagi Shokudo famous for its unagi, Higo Marunoya for its award-winning karaage, and Fruits Café TOKIO for its fruits and desserts. 

These are just a handful of dishes we recommend at the festival. Start off your journey with Wagyu Beef Skewers ($13) from Niku Master, before diving into a heavier meal such as Marunoya Salted Karaage ($6) from Higo Marunoya.

While there is no Sakanoue Cafe here, you can still enjoy the viral kakigore, also known as shaved ice, from Itoshima Farm. At $10 per serving, Itoshima Farm tops their shaved ice off with premium strawberries all the way from Itoshima, Japan. Alternatively, bite into a comfortable pancake treat — Kumamon Ningyo Yaki from Monario.

NEX

Date: 14-26 March

Location: NEX Atrium Level 1, Serangoon Central, 23, Singapore 556083
Opening hours: 10:30am-9:30pm

3. Kampong Gelam Ramadan Bazaar

Photo: Kampong Gelam

Celebrate thirty-three days of lights and community in light of Hari Raya Puasa at Singapore’s upcoming biggest Ramadan Bazaar, with over 100 food stalls and retail stores selling craft items curated by independent artisans.

This year’s festival is split into five districts across Kampong Glam, starting with 86 food stalls that occupies Baghdad Street, Kandahar Street, and the spot outside Sultan Gate. Indulge in traditional comfort foods such as the Kuih Raya, and trendy snacks.

There will be spacious outdoor seating including a 2-storey mezzanine for you to chill with your loved ones and friends.

Meanwhile, retails booths, featuring traditional crafts, modern arts, and local brands, are located in between the food clusters.

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out additional entertainment highlights such as live performances, traditional dances, live dialogues, light shows, and more.

Kampong Gelam

Date: 15 March-16 April, 6:30pm onwards

Location: Kampong Gelam neighborhood (near Bugis MRT station)
Opening hours: 6:30pm onwards

4. Food & Beverage Fair

Jelebu Dry Laksa. One of the many dishes featured at the upcoming Singapore Food Festival 2022
The famous Jelebu Dry Laksa at Singapore Food Festival 2022, also organised by Singapore Food Shows

If you haven’t had enough feast and fun from the recent ARTBOX Singapore event, head over to the long-awaited Food & Beverage Fair.

One of the largest and longest-running food festivals, the Food & Beverage Fair features over 1000 food and drink related products from all around the world including Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and more. Tantalising treats include mochi donuts by Dochi Dochi and smashed dry-aged beef burger by Ye Olde Cow.

For their 17th edition, they have also placed an emphasis on going green. Look forward to a range of plant-based food products such as Mala Mayo and Korean Honey Butter from Green Butchery.

On top of that, try your luck and stand a chance to win up to $68,888 worth of sure-win prizes (min $100 spend for 1 chance) 

Singapore Food Shows

Date: 16-19 March 2023

Location: Singapore EXPO Hall 6, 1 Expo Dr, Singapore 486150
Opening hours: 11am-10pm

5. Johor Coffee Week

Take a photo here and post on your Instagram to redeem RM20. Photo: Johor Coffee Week

Johor Bahru (JB), especially Johor Bahru old town, is renowned for its affordable cafes. But, aside from OFFEE and Sunday Morning Coffee Shop, there aren’t that many great spots for coffee.

From 16-19 March, cross the borders to enjoy the best coffee in JB. The Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) is organising the first edition of the Johor Coffee week. Visitors can expect to try out the ten best roasters in the country, as well as snagging attractive coffee deals during the festival.

Visitors can also walk away with attractive prizes with a minimum spend of RM200 ($60), and watch the most talented baristas and coffee roasters compete with one another in two competitions.

Johor Coffee Week

Date: 16-19 March, 10am-10pm
Location: Johor Bahru City Square Level 1 Atrium 

6. Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar

Photo: Geylang Food Bazaar

Get ready for Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2023, the biggest of its kind thus far! This year’s bazaar will feature an incredible 700 stalls, up from 70 last year, and will stretch over an unprecedented 36 days.

The year’s theme is Raya Gemilang, which means ‘glorious feast’. Two concept zones will be on offer, starting with Souq City for all sorts of food, drink, and retail items, and Street Bazaar for interactive installations.

Bazaar Raya Geylang Serai 2023 kicks off on March 17, coinciding with the annual Hari Raya light-up in Geylang Serai. The festival market will be open every day from 10am to 11.59pm, with an extension until 6am leading up to Hari Raya on April 22.

Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaaar

Date: 17 Mar-22 Apr

Location: Geylang Serai Market to Tanjong Katong Complex
Opening hours: 10am-11:59pm

Related posts:

About Author