As it is no secret that Peranakans are extremely proud of their culinary heritage, this festival edition will see the debut of the Peranakan Food Festival – a curated collection of cuisine-centric events that highlight essential elements of Peranakan cooking.
Not-to-be-missed is The Peranakan restaurant’s inaugural collaboration with Marina Mandarin Singapore’s AquaMarine – a Halal-certified buffet restaurant. Guests will have the chance to savour Straits Chinese signatures such as Nasi Ulam, Dry Laksa, Ikan Goreng Chuan Chuan, While Veal Shank Rendang and Apom Bokwa Pisang cooked to showcase their best and most authentic Peranakan flavours thanks to recipes shared by Baba Chef Raymond Khoo. AquaMarine’s Peranakan Delicacies promotion is available from 7 June to 11 July, priced from $60++ per adult. For bookings
Over at The Peranakan restaurant, Baba Chef Raymond Khoo welcomes Eurasian cuisine specialist Chef Lionel Chee (every Sunday in June and July) for a presentation of a collaborative Eurasian Peranakan Set Menu priced at $45++ per person featuring mouth-watering favourites such as Devils Curry and Pan-fried Black Pepper Stingray.
To explore the gourmet side of Peranakan cuisine, join in one of The Peranakan restaurant’s degustation-style wine dinners paired with Italian, German, Spanish vintages or discover the delectable complementary flavours of our spice-rich dishes with crisp Sake from Nagasaki Prefecture.
Singapore’s very own Brass Lion Distillery which launched its flagship Singapore Dry Gin in 2018, will showcase a brand-new Butterfly Pea Gin (made from Bunga Telang flowers and lavender with hints of citrus) that mystically morphs from a deep blue hue to soft lilac shade when mixed into a cocktail. For purists, we recommend checking out their Gin Cocktail Workshop (22 June, $70++ per person); those who enjoy a boozy good time should make a date for High Tea with Gin (14 July, $88++per person)
Cultural Talks & The Baba Nyonya Literary Festival
The Peranakan Gallery, a newly-launched exhibition gallery in the Orchard district, will be the host location of Cultural Talks organized by the festival. Subject experts will delve deep into the heritage’s vibrant material culture – from jewelry and textiles to the elaborate, symbolic artistry that adorns Peranakan porcelain
The Baba Nyonya Literary Festival held on 20 and 21 July, is organized by The Peranakan Association of Singapore (TPAS), and will be an exciting addition to the festival’s latest edition. Expect an insightful gathering of authors and moderated discussions on the publications featured. Tickets are priced at $30 for a one-day pass, or $50 for a two-day pass. For bookings and more information, contact TPAS at tel: 9741 0610.