To celebrate the rich heritage of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the folks at National Parks Board planned two fun-filled weekends at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival. You get to enjoy tours of the Gardens, performances at the iconic Bandstand and Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and tingle your taste buds with Heritage Food Trail promotional menus by the Gardens’ cafes and restaurants. Follow us as we bring you through the delicious Singapore Botanical Gardens Heritage Festival Food Trail 2017!
1. Food For Thought Heritage Set
Date: From 30 June to end July | Price: $18 (include GST)
Food For Thought has come up with a modern twist to classic local favourites – Nasi Lemak Risotto and Iced Rose Bandung Ice Cream Ripple. The Nasi Lemak Risotto is a combination of a crispy chilli chicken cutlet and a rich, creamy coconut risotto, served with a poached egg, ikan bilis, peanuts, and sambal. Food For Thought hopes that this dish will serve as a glimpse of Singapore’s melting pot of culture, and a reminder that even completely different elements can work together and bring joy to many.
You are also invited to travel back in time with Food For Thought at its Old School Mini Carnival between 11am to 2pm on 8 & 9 July, where kids get to enjoy a slice of Singapore as it used to be. Try out traditional games like Goli and Chapteh, and have a taste of local snacks such as kachang putih, ice balls and gula melaka cotton candy!
2. Halia Heritage Set
Date: 30 June – 9 July | Price: $30++ per set
The set consists of Halia’s Singapore-style Chilli Crab Spaghettini and Chilled Lemongrass & Ginger Infusion Drink. A signature dish of the restaurant for about 12 years now, Halia’s Singapore-style Chilli Crab Spaghettini has won accolades from visitors in Singapore and around the world. It comprises al dente pasta that is deliciously swathed in a spicy, sweet and tangy sauce reminiscent of the iconic Singapore chilli crab dish.
Halia will be conducting a free 45 minutes cooking demonstration of Halia’s Chilli Crab Sauce at 4.30pm on 1,2,8 & 9 July 2017. The Chilli Crab Sauce is available for purchase from Provisions Store, as well as during the cooking demonstration. To register, please click here
Provisions Store will also be offering a 10% discount on various items during the Heritage Festival, such as Halia’s Chilli Crab Sauce, Ginger Flower Sauce, Ginger Pineapple Jam, Curry Oil Dip with Kicap Manis, Chilli Crab Bun, and Spiced Island Coffee / Tea Kit.
3. Casa Verde Heritage Set
Date: 30 June – 9 July | Price: $19.50 nett
Casa Verde is bringing in some of Singapore’s iconic favourites, on top of its existing local menu. Diners will be able to enjoy a Heritage Festival exclusive set comprising Prawn Noodles Soup or Seafood Char Kway Teow, Iced Jelly with Aloe Vera, and a choice of soft drink or regular coffee.
Chock-full of flavour and melt-in-your-mouth tender, beef rendang is typically slow-cooked in a rich lemongrass and coconut sauce. For a modern rendition of this mouth-watering dish, enjoy Casa Verde’s Asian-Italian fusion Beef Rendang Pizza ($25) during the festival!
Casa Verde will also be launching a special Mui Kee Congee porridge menu! Mui Kee is a three-generation Cantonese porridge concept that adopts traditional cooking methods and flavours. Take a trip down memory lane with a piping hot bowl of the congee, flavoured by the rich heritage that surrounds the brand.
4. Corner House Heritage Discovery Menu
Date: 30 June – 9 July | Price: $128
Corner House will be opening its doors to visitors of the Gardens for them to take a closer look at the former residence of E.J.H. Corner, the Assistant Director of Singapore Botanic Gardens from 1929 to 1945 at 4pm & 4.30pm on1, 2, 8, 9 July 2017. The tour is free but on-site registration is required.
For a glimpse of the history steeped within the building as well as the life and works of E.J.H. Corner, join our guided walk of the house! Walls of the restaurant celebrate the life of this great man by showcasing old black and white pictures of the house, Corner, and its other former residents – depicting Corner’s life as a botanist, father and family man. They are also lined with several reproductions of original artworks done by Corner himself, such as the mycology collections which were samples he collected at the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Bukit Timah.
5. Food Canopy Heritage Festival Special Di Wei Set Menu
Date: 30 June – 9 July | Price: $8.80 per set for 1 pax
6. The Garage Chargrilled Ibérico Char Siew, Tropical Fruit & Turmeric Twist
Date: 30 June – 9 July | Price: $34++ (Char Siew), $12++ (Tropical Fruits) & $12++ (Turmeric Twist)
Comprising Laksa Leaf Ice Cream, Turmeric Ganache, Palm Fruit and Jackfruit, Tropical Fruits Dessert pays tribute to The Garage’s historic location within the compound of the former Economic Garden, named for the economic crops cultivated in it. Turmeric is a beautiful spice commonly used in Asian cooking. Best paired with Tropical Fruits, the Turmeric Twist is a refreshing cocktail in Singapore’s sweltering heat.
There’s is something for kids too! The Garage has specially organised Kids’ Pizza-making Workshops between 4pm – 5.30pm on 1 & 2 July 2017 for kids aged 4 to 12, these workshops have limited slots. Adult supervision is recommended. Priced at $30 per pax, register here.
7. The Garden Shop Tea Sampler Pack Giveaway
Date: 1, 2, 8, 9 July | Price: Free with any purchase | Location: Gardens Shop @ National Orchid Garden
Bring back a little souvenir from your visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens when you pop by the Gardens Shops between 1st – 31st July 2017. In conjunction with the Heritage Festival, the shops will also bring in heritage-inspired snacks, toys and more!
8. Other Activities
Demonstration by Eden + Elie
Date: 1, 8 July | Time: 4 pm | Price: Free | Location: Orchid Plaza
Eden + Elie is a Singapore-based jewellery brand established in 2015, focusing on using hand-weaving techniques to create functional, wearable pieces with a modern contemporary aesthetic. In this demo, learn how to make a little piece of jewellery for yourself!
Talk by Indian Spice Box
Date: 2, 9 July | Time: 4 pm | Price: Free | Location: Orchid Plaza
Let Namita from Indian Spice Box tell you about homemade Indian food, and the benefits of all the spices that go into it! Learn how Indian food can be simple and healthy!
Reserve the month of July for Singapore Botanical Gardens Heritage Festival Food Trail 2017. To get a preview of what you will be experiencing other than the above delicious experience, check out NPArks video below!