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Review: Epicurean Market 2017

Epicurean Market is back this weekend, and the only rule is that there’s no limit to how much food and drink you should be consuming!

Taking place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo Halls, the 5th edition of the annual food and wine fair was a spectacularly well put together affair, professionally set up and impressing from the moment we stepped into the three-hall large exhibition space. MBS has really outdone themselves this time, with gorgeous, aesthetically pleasing booths for each featured restaurant, complete with a portrait of the restaurant’s head chef and a screen showcasing videos of food from the restaurant. There was also plenty of comfortable seats for visitors, ensuring that each person had their own table and space to dine at.

One of the most well organized features was this year’s edition of the Farmer’s Market, where guests could purchase fresh produce flown in directly from overseas, from heirloom tomatoes to even boxes of mini potatoes! Displayed in wooden boxes (and even out the boot of a car for several ears of corn), the Farmer’s Market section showed MBS’ creativity at some of their best, and was a great opportunity to get our hands on some delicious ingredients to bring home.

Beyond the ‘atas’ restaurants and foodstuffs though, Epicurean Market even had a local touch to it – the Best of Singapore section, featuring booths selling food from Chinatown, Geylang Serai, ‘Tuckshop’ food and Newton Circus, along with the Kampung Bar hawking uniquely Singaporean cocktails. The entire section was even decked out like old shophouses, adding to the authentic feel of the whole affair.

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At the festival’s official opening, Christine Kaelbel-Sheares, Vice-President of Food and Beverage at MBS, had nothing but high praise for the stellar work of the F&B team, the MICE team and the PR team, without whom Epicurean Market would not have been possible. She also announced the pioneer Chef Christopher Christie Study Award initiative, a $3,000 grant by Sunrice Global Academy to encourage young chefs to pursue more learning opportunities, in honour of Chef Christopher Christie, the previous Executive Chef of MBS, who passed away recently.

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As the head chefs of MBS’ featured restaurants at the market arrived onstage in truly fashionable style – via trishaw, Christine and the chefs marked the official opening of the market by raising a ‘teh tarik’ toast to it.

With regards to the food itself, we were very impressed with just about all of it. In particular though, we wanted to highlight the following stalls you should definitely be checking out:

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LAVO’s Chef Ralph Scarmadella came up with a Meatball with Ricotta cheese, a luscious meatball of the highest quality meat that went well with both taste and texture of the Ricotta.

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We enjoyed Daniel Boulud of db Bistro & Oyster Bar’s Lobster Roll, an expensive roll that was worth every penny with big chunks of lobster slathered in the most heavenly of sauces.

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Check out Chef Tetsuya Wakuda from Waku Ghin’s poached Botan Shrimp, a huge, amazingly sweet shrimp that even came with a dollop of Oscietra caviar (one of the highest quality caviars) and compote of egg to complete the palette of flavours.

Spago by Wolfgang Puck presented a Sweet Corn Agnolotti, a sweet alternative kind of pasta that came with big slices of black truffle, enhancing the aroma and flavour of the dish.

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Also at David Myers’ Adrift, check out the Blue Swimmer Crab salad, packed to the brim with tasty, fresh crab meat.

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We also loved the Paradise Group’s Seafood Paradise, who served up their Alaskan King Crab, a huge leg of crab nicely cut open for you for ease of eating and dipped in a unique sauce, even coming with a well fried mantou to soak up all the excess sauce left!

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Dallas Cafe and Bar’s Fried Calamari, which came with a yummy mayonnaise dip, while the calamari itself was fried well in a tasty batter, crispy on the outside but melt in your mouth soft on the inside.

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And finally, Angelina Desserts, who are of course, experts at cakes and were even selling cups of hot chocolate that were essentially little doses of pure sin with how sweet and delectable they were! Angelina will be opening a new outlet at ION soon, so stay tuned for more news on that!

With its 5th edition a decidedly successful affair, Epicurean Market gets a definite 5 out of 5 stars from us and if you have time, we highly recommend you head down to experience the fair at least once. A wonderful job by MBS, and rest assured we’ll definitely be back next year for the 6th edition!

Epicurean Market takes place at Hall A – C, Sands Expo And Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands from 11th – 13th August. Tickets available as a 3-day pass, with optional add ons. For more information and tickets, visit their website here

 

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