Savour Gourmet 2016 starts on 12 May! Here's how thrifty foodies can make the most out of this festival.
The gourmet food festival, Savour, is now three times as big in 2016.
The annual festival – now in its fifth year – has been extended to three events: Savour Gourmet (12 to 15 May 2016), Savour Wines (8 to 11 September 2016) and Savour Christmas (17 to 20 November 2016).
Here’s how to make the most out of the first event, Savour Gourmet, this weekend:
1. Free Entry
Unlike previous years, Savour Gourmet 2016’s grounds at Bayfront Avenue will be free to enter. For those who have been loyal recurring attendees, you’re saving at least S$60.
2. Use a Cashback Card to Purchase the Savour Experience Pack
The $30 nett Savour Experience Pack is valued at S$58 and is your only ticket to chef Alvin Leung’s famous molecular xiao long bao. The pack also includes a goodie bag and voucher for one main dish from any stall. There are only 300 packs available for each of the five sessions, and they’re selling fast.
Packs can only be purchased through Savour’s website using major credit cards. We recommend the Standard Chartered SingPost Platinum Visa, which gives 7% cashback on eligible online purchases with a minimum monthly purchase of S$600. If you don't like the idea of a minimum spend, try the American Express True Cashback Card, which gives 3% cashback on the first six months (up to S$5,000 spend).
Use SingSaver.com.sg's free comparison tools to find the right cashback credit card for you.
3. Pick the Most Filling Dishes
Portions are generally slightly bigger than tasting portions, but you can make up for size with flavour and careful curation of what to eat.
The festival will host ten local chef teams and two international guest chefs at its Gourmet Village: chef Alvin Leung of Bo Innovation (Hong Kong) and Masterchef Canada Season 1 winner, Eric Chong of R&D (Toronto, Canada). Put Leong and Chong’s Laksa Seafood Chow Mein (S$12), as well as Artichoke’s fried chicken with shaved halloumi (S$12), Gattopardo’s purpiceddu (S$12), Labyrinth’s chilli crab (S$12) and Saveur Art’s lobster pasta (S$12) on your list.
Once you have your list, use the on-site festival map to save time navigating the area.
4. Help a Budding Chef Fulfil their Dream
The launch of Savour Gourmet coincides with the debut of DBS Bank’s Live Your Dream initiative and competition.
Every transaction at the Gourmet Village comes with a voting card that will help determine the festival’s first ‘Emerging Chef Singapore’. Cast your votes for the best up-and-coming chef to win SGD50,000 in cash and prizes, including a culinary trip. Go ahead, have your say.
5. Sample Over 200 Types of Cheese
End the festival with a massive cheese fix: Aside from the Gourmet Village, there will also be a market section, hosted by Jason’s Gourmet. The section will showcase Alaskan seafood, over 20 types of oysters from around the globe, Miyazaki wagyu, a wine terrace and – the room de resistance – a cheese room filled with over 200 cheeses, for sampling and purchase. Sample away!
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Celine Asril is a former Food & Drink Editor who writes about food, travel and lifestyle with a sustainable angle. This includes sharing sound financial tips for good future planning.