Get your hands dirty at a sourdough workshop, enjoy a pop-up Mandopop concert, celebrate the Singapore Cocktail Festival and get cultured at the France-Singapore Festival
Time for tipple
Singapore Cocktail Festival
The largest cocktail event in Asia, Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF), makes its return with over 60 tipple-infused events from Nov 12 to Dec 12 at 36 participating cocktail bars.
As part of the programme, each bar will present one music-themed cocktail each (since music is not allowed these days) at a special price of $18++, such as Employees Only Singapore’s signature cocktail inspired by Frank Sinatra’s My Way.
For day drinkers, there will also cocktail brunches offered over five weekends at Astor Bar, Jekyll & Hyde, Ju Hua Tai, Low Tide, Madame Fan, MO Bar, Origin Bar, Republic Bar, Tess Bar & Kitchen and Tippling Club.
And what is a cocktail fest without a pub crawl? Enthusiasts can pick from four bar crawl itineraries, each designed to spotlight the world’s best bars, from Singapore to London. Each itinerary will feature a visit to three of the hottest bars for you to sample a cocktail each. The Singapore bar crawl which features a curation of top local bars will be held on Nov 17 and 18 at $70 per person; while The Taste of London Bar Crawl will be held on Dec 1 and 2 where you’ll enjoy made-in-London libations from three local bars at $100 per person.
To view the complete programme and ticketing visit www.singaporecocktailfestival.com
The art of sourdough
Tiong Bahru Bakery
If you fancy yourself a breadmaking enthusiast, sign up for Tiong Bahru Bakery’s TBB Sourdough Workshop to learn more about the intricacies of fermentation and sourdough ap- plications, including its many health benefits.
Guided by chef Paul Albert, TBB’s sourdough expert and baker, the workshop (available for beginner and intermediate levels) will bring students on a sourdough journey to discover innovative fermentation techniques culminating in the creation of one or several types of sourdough breads.
Conducted at an exclusive space in TBB’s newest outlet at the foothills of Fort Canning Park, the Beginner class ($207.85) held weekly on Wednesdays to Fridays from 2pm – 6pm will see participants bake a standard sourdough loaf using a 160-year-old starter. The fee includes a complete starter kit, recipe and complimentary TBB pastries and drinks.
The Intermediate class ($300) will be conducted every Saturday 2pm – 7pm where participants will learn how to make three types of sourdough bakes: focaccia, crystal bread and rye sourdough.
TBB Sourdough Workshop will be conducted at Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills (Fort Canning Park), 70 River Valley Road #01-05. For full class schedule and registration, visit linktr.ee/tiongbahrubakery
Celebrate France-Singapore bilateral ties
Voilah! France Singapore Festival
From concerts to culinary escapades, literary talks and film screenings, Voilah! France Singapore Festival — the annual festival presented by the Embassy of France in Singapore — returns for a month-long celebration of partnerships between France and Singapore covering culture, education, science and lifestyle. Taking place from Nov 3 to Dec 10, this year’s festival celebrates the spirit of joy and hope with a long list of 50 programmes.
This year’s festival also goes big on sustainability, aiming to be the first zero-net festival in Singapore and will present ten engaging programmes addressing this critical issue, including documentary Bigger Than Us produced by Marion Cotillard.
Some upcoming highlights include forums by French authors at the Singapore’s Writers Festival (Nov 9–14), caviar lunches at Les Amis and wine dinners at Origin Grill Restaurant (from Nov 9), biodynamic wine tastings (from Nov 17), piano concertos by French pianist Cédric Tiberghien (Nov 11 and 12), and the 37th French Film Festival (Nov 11–28).
Crafted to complement Voilah! the latter will screen all the latest French flicks including Eiffel, Delicieux, and much-awaited cult movies, OSS 117 – From Africa with Love and Kaamelott. This 37th edition will also feature a section called “Music in Cinema” as well as a special programme dedicated to the movie director Agnès Varda, the godmother of the French New Wave. Viewers can also look forward to Q&A sessions with the directors and cast at selected screenings.
For full programme details and ticketing to Voilah! please visit voilah.sg
Mandopop pop-up concert
This is Live! Concert Series
Concert promoter, CK Star Entertainment brings us This is Live! Concert Series featuring pop-up concerts that will bring “life” back to live gigs. It kicks off with a two-night event called “Mandopop Evenings” featuring four very different shows on November 19 and 20 at the Flower Field Hall in Gardens by the Bay. These 90-minute concerts, held at 6pm and 9pm daily, will headlined by talented local singers and musicians Skye Sirena, Leon Lim and Wilson Huang who will each cover popular Mandopop hits by the likes of JJ Lin, Jay Chou and Jam Hsiao, A-Mei, Jolin Tsai, Stefanie Sun and Hebe Tien. Tickets start from $58 per show and can be purchased online via Klook.