Last weekend, I stumbled upon Singapore’s first tea festival, conveniently located in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district.
Presented by The 1872 Clipper Co., this festival uses tea as a medium to showcase the journey of Singapore’s rich heritage. Join me as I walk you through my TEAriffic experience there.
1. The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.
As part of the National Day Collection, The 1872 Clipper Tea Co., unveiled a series of tea inspired by local hawker drinks. Flavors include Bandung, Longan, Pineapple, and Chocolate Malt. The best thing about them is that they taste exactly like our favorite hawker drinks, sans sugar.
Made from white tea and rose extract, a unanimous favorite was the Bandung tea. The white tea gave it a light flavor, while the rose added a floral touch. Sold in loose tea leaves, this blend captures the authentic taste of a drink that is integral to Singapore’s heritage.
Oh, and check out their packaging, designed to look exactly like how the hawkers sell them!
There’s an old saying that alcohol and tea should not be mixed, but the team behind A.Muse took this saying and threw it out of the window. Say hello to alcohol-flavored tea, a creative infusion by A.Muse.
Gracing the shelves are flavors such as pina colada, chardonnay, and scotch. But before you get carried away with plans to restock the office pantry, I should probably warn you that these teas do not have any alcohol content.
Additionally, A.Muse does blends like caramel macchiato tea. Heavily reliant on spices like vanilla, the scent of this tea initially reminded me of cake. But as I sipped the rest of it, the familiar sweet taste of caramel got my taste-buds singing with joy.
3. Juan Tea
The first thing that catches the eye as one passes the Juan Tea booth display is the vibrant array of flavored teas. With colors from blue to green and red, the teas are inspired by the current trend of food with rainbow coloring. (See also: rainbow cake)
Aside from drawing influence from Western culture, Juan Teas are made with Chinese traditional herbs, known to cure most ailments for generations. These include lemongrass, chrysanthemum, and peppermint.
1. One Kueh at a Time
With yummy soon kuehs (turnip stuffed dumplings) made from a family recipe passed down from over 30 years, it was a tough feat to consume these babies one at a time.
I managed to give the beetroot soon kueh a try when I was there. The zesty taste of the beetroot gave the dumpling a complex and flavorful taste. The texture of the skin was not too starchy, and had good consistency. Dipped in dark soy sauce, these kuehs are simply impossible to resist. Kudos to the chefs!
Soft and pillow-y cakes slathered with copious amount of icing, the cakes by InTheBrickYard are every cake-lovers’ dream. I felt like a child peering at the cakes from behind the glass display, and could almost hear the cakes calling out to me.
The last slice of ondeh ondeh pandan cake stared innocently at me, while the Thai milk tea slices beckoned me over to them. And over at the other corner, the Pandan Pulut Hitam slices sat in a towering decadence of saccharine temptation.
Alas, due to my indecision, and against my better judgement, I left the stall empty-handed.
3. Bird Bird
If you are a doughnut lover, you are sure to love the OGnuts that Bird Bird has to offer.
Featuring the limited edition Berry Pockie, a strawberry-filled doughnut glazed with raspberry and adorned with white chocolate pearls and crushed pistachios. Eaten alone or as an accompaniment to a mug of tea, this UGnut is an afternoon delight for all with a sweet tooth.
Tea Museum & Tea Room
Aside from tea-related products on sale, the Tea Room at the festival included workshops for participants to out tea towel painting, tea brewing among others.
As for the Tea Museum, visitors get to travel back in time and discover the journey of tea.
Overall, it was a fun way to celebrate all things tea with other tea lovers. Given the chance, I would definitely be there again next year!