Singapore Teochew Festival (2014) – This is Singapore’s first large-scale Teochew Festival occupying an area of more than 30,000 square feet at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza from 25th September to 6th October 2014. (Extended by 1 Day to 6th October due to popular demand)
Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan presents a unique 11-day festival dedicated to the intricacies of Teochew culture. The public can look forward to specially curated sections of Culture & Heritage, Food & Beverage and Arts & Crafts.
The Teochew Festival comprise 20 vendors brimming with unique food products, scrumptious fare and gorgeous merchandise. Here are highlights of the Teochew Festival during my visit over the weekend.
Showcase of some intricate 3D Teochew Embroidery
Getting to know your Teochew roots
Teochew Woodcarving, a form of Chinese woodcarving originating in the Tang Dynasty.
One of the Renowned Artist from China
Singapore’s first and largest golden boat finished in 999 Pure Gold at the SK Jewellery Exhibition
Three Stars of Blessings, Prosperity and Longevity (Fu Lu Shou)
Chinese Opera, part of the special highlights
Fish Maw and Products from Renowned Teochew Store
Beside experiencing the rich Teochew culture, visitors can check out the Teochew Food Street for a gastronomy affair.
Teochew Food Street, clearly the most popular section of the Festival.
Steamed Dumpling with Preserved Turnip Filling, Steamed Dumpling with Red Bean filling, Steamed Crystal Dumpling from Ping Ping Ju 平平居
Oyster Omelette Orh Luak from Ah Biao 阿彪蚝烙
Braised Duck Rice from Jian Ye Restaurant 建业酒家 and Pig’s Trotter Terrine from Chin Lee Restaurant 深利菜馆
Fishball and Fish Dumpling from Li Xin Fishball Noodles 立兴潮州鱼圆面
Gingko Nuts with Root Tuber Soup from Mi Qi 米琪甜品
Please note that the above are tasting portions only. Visitors will be getting the actual serving.
There are many other food items not featured here such as Peanut Candies, Rice Cakes (Png Kueh), Mung Bean Kueh, Bak Ku Teh and more.
The public can look forward to daily special highlights, such as Chef Masterclass by renowned chefs, unique art performances, lucky draws and a slew of activities.
There was a huge turnout when I was there on Sunday, I must say that the media publicity had contributed a big part to making the festival a great success.
Due to the fire and safety regulations, there is a limit to the number of visitors entering each section at a single time. Especially the Teochew Food Street, you may expect some queues, so if you plan to head down to the festival, exercising some patience will help a lot.
Admission to this Teochew extravaganza is only $5 per person. You can also grab the stored value tickets of $25 or $50 denomination to make your purchases at the event.
Singapore Teochew Festival (2014)
Dates: 25 September to 6 October 2014 (daily)
Time: 11am to 10pm
Price: $5 per person (entry only, inclusive of GST)