As part of the 2018 Singapore Food Festival, the hugely popular 50 Cents Fest is coming back for the third time! Inspired by the colonial era of 1930s Singapore, watch as the 100 metre long Chinatown Food Street takes on the glory days of its past and takes visitors back in time. And what happens in the past? Cheaper food of course, with the price of some items going down to as low as 50 cents!
This year, the award-winning festival will feature more than 40 stalls and mobile vendors, hawking close to 50 varieties of street eats, drinks, snacks and dessert items. Along the way, visitors can look forward to plenty of ethnic cuisine being featured for the first time, as well as performances and activities for ambience and atmosphere of the yesteryears that our food heritage is built on.
As with its name, all food items available start from a minimum of 50 cents to a maximum of $3, and range from hearty bowls of noodles to sweet snacks to finish a meal, many of which call back to the 1930s from their origins or key ingredients featured. Must try food items this year include the spicy Fish Molee, the Peranakan Kerabu Bee Hoon, the iconic Black Pepper Crab, a traditional Kopi Gu You (butter with black coffee), Portuguese banana balls, and the dosa-like Indian Uttapam.
Besides the heritage food items, other exciting additions to the fest include heritage home-brand Tong Heng Bakery will be introducing a simple yet fragrant Egg Cookie, while Singapore’s oldest restaurant Spring Court presents their original Kong Bak Pau recipe that has been on sale since its inception in 1929. Also, while enjoying your meals, expect to catch street entertainment and performances such as 1930s Taxi Girls performances and sway to the beats of popular songs of the 1930s performed by local a capella group 1023. All of this happens amidst a backdrop of nostalgic colourful neon-signs and décor, and you can even head to get a $2 haircut from a back-alley barber!
To further add to the atmosphere, visitors can ‘see’ the daily street happenings of the 30s through a special free augmented reality experience, peeking at people of the past, from samsui women hard at work to opium smokers smoking at the alleys. The 50 Cents Fest will also be encouraging visitors to go green as they reward fest-goers with a little token for throwing their waste into designated recycling machines on-site. And even if it is set in the 1930s, visitors should still whip out their phones and use the marvels of technology to enhance their visit, with special perks available when they download and use the Plus! app, while utilising DBS PayLah! and other cashless options will also be useable at the fest.
Welcoming over 81,500 Singaporeans and tourists in last year’s edition, the 2018 edition of the fest looks set to return bigger and better than ever. Mark your calendars and set aside time this weekend, have a blast to the past and relive the gastronomical delights of 1930s Colonial Singapore at this year’s 50 Cents Fest!
The 50 Cents Fest runs from 28th – 29th July 2018 at Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Singapore 058938, 11am to 11pm daily. For more information, visit their website here.
Singapore Food Festival 2018 takes place from 13th – 29th July across various venues. For the full list of activities, visit their website here