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Marina Bay Sands Epicurean Market expands

An expanded farmer’s market plus masterclasses by wine and spirits experts will be features of the fourth Marina Bay Sands Epicurean Market, at Sands Expo and Convention Centre from August 12 to 14.

Making its debut at the market will be the award-winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar with its signature US fare. Founder/CEO John Kunkel has brought his restaurant concept to The Venetian Macau, and in Singapore he and his team will be dishing out his Southern cuisine in the Celebrity Chef restaurant.

Also from the Marina Bay Sands’ sister property in Macau will be the North and The Golden Peacock, enabling Singaporeans to taste North’s traditional cuisines from the Dongbei and Sichuan regions of China, as well as signature flavours of the Michelin-starred Indian restaurant.

Back by popular demand, international chefs Daniel Boulud, David Myers, David Thompson, Justin Quek, Nancy Silverton and Tetsuya Wakuda will be giving cooking demonstrations and workshops.

Also returning is the Mystery Box Battle, with reigning champion Jonathan Kinsella (executive chef of DB Bistro & Oyster Bar) going head to head with Cut executive chef Joshua Brown.

Beyond food, visitors will be able to learn about brewing Vietnamese coffee, setting up a microbrewery and even water pairing.

Singapore microbrewery Little Island Brewery will showcase its own products as well as boutique beers and ciders from the UK.

Proof and Company, which runs the bar 28 HongKong Street, will be launching its retail brand EC Proof at the market. There will be more than 300 craft spirits, home bar kits, recipe and guide books on cocktails and spirits, and bar pantry items.

Spirits distributor Diageo also returns with a range of free and mini-masterclasses featuring spirits, whisky and wine, and offers craft cocktails at the World Class Bar. Paid wine and whisky masterclasses will be led by both Penfolds and Mortlach whisky brand ambassador Georgie Bell. Diageo will also be introducing cocktails inspired by hawker fare.

Marina Bay Sands is again working with Farmer’s Markets across Asia, Europe and North America to offer gourmet produce including specialty cheeses, Sockeye salmon and Campari tomatoes from the Okanagan Valley Market in British Columbia, Canada; and Ojai Pixie tangerines, Vidalia onions and Crenshaw melons from the Los Angeles Specialty Market.

Celebrity-chef restaurants such as Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro & Oyster Bar and Cut by Wolfgang Puck will set up pop-up stalls selling special items.

Three-day passes to the event include a pair of Schott Zwiesel champagne flutes worth S$46 (US$33.80) and entry to the after parties. Meanwhile, the event’s opening hours have been extended by an hour.

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