Singapore- the Lion City, is a melting pot of cultures in the truest sense. This island city-cum-country is home to 5.8 million people. Famous for its hospitality, Singapore hosts many events throughout the year to engage local people, tourists and the business community. Seems like the country is always celebrating. There are events as short a single day, and few of them extend for more than a month.
To give our readers a better insight, we have compiled the best events around culture and lifestyle that Singapore is offering in 2019.
1. World Gourmet Summit
The World Gourmet Summit is an annual event in Singapore. This 40-day long food festival gives insight into fine dining, exclusive wine tasting events, and scrumptious dinners. Being the largest gourmet summit of South East Asia, it offers a variety of cuisine. Head on to Bacchanalia Singapore, Hua Ting Restaurant, Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare, Majestic Restaurant and Tippling Club etc to get the experience. Wine tasting sessions serve some of the best from regions like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Tuscany
When: 1st April – 12th May 2019
Website: World Gourmet Summit
2. Singapore International Festival of Arts
The Singapore Arts Festival was started in 1977 as a national arts festival to celebrate local arts from across the country’s diverse communities. This 15 days festival showcases art and cinematic genius. The festival is a beautiful amalgam of street shows to film screenings. Art enthusiasts from around the world travel to Singapore around this month. Along with this, there are theatre performances and music shows as well. There are almost 13 productions spread over 30 days. If you are a sucker or art, we advise you to take a pass. It will give you access to all the shows and workshops.
When: 16th May – 2nd June 2019
3. National Day Parade 2019
National Day Parade 2019 will celebrate the 54th birthday of Singapore. After separating from Malaysia in 1965, the country has become a financial and cultural hub in Asia. The National Day is celebrated in various venues. The main attraction is the fireworks, pop-up shops by local artisans etc. In addition, there are parades by school children, an airshow. Military showcases its talent in terms of artillery and parade. Singapore Prime Minister issues a speech every year talking about the country’s progress. There are no tickets. The citizens of Singapore can ballot for 6 seats. The results are announced in June.
When: 9th August 2019
4. Singapore Food Festival
July every year is the time when Singaporeans indulge in food. The festival is a plethora of events that focus on Singaporean cuisine. Some of the events are free of charge, while for a few others you will have to buy an entry ticket. The festival showcases Singapore food culture through myriad dining experiences with four distinct themes of modernity, art, culture and tradition. Since this includes street food as well as local centres, you will experience seat choping as well. This means that at a street hawkers place or by a food truck, you claim your seat by putting anything that you have in hand. Eg- you can put your umbrella, a tissue paper with your name etc. Sounds fun? – time to fly to Singapore.
When: July 2019
Singapore is more than what meets the eye. The place offers as much growth opportunities as much as it offers a rainbow of cultures. If you want to experience South East Asian culture, you must visit Singapore.