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Gong Cha Coming Back to Singapore

Pei Xia Ang

We have waited for such OOLONG time, and now Gong Cha is finally back! Here’s what to expect of this TEAriffic news!

1. Why Now?

Early this year, due to “franchise issues”, all Gong Cha outlets were converted to LiHo. But after receiving over a hundred applications for the master franchise to return to the market, Royal Tea Taiwan appointed a new master franchisee, Gong Cha (Singapore).

Gong Cha Singapore will be under the leadership of Mr Kang Puay Seng, the co-founder and former managing director of Mr Bean food and beverage chain.

2. What Drinks?

We are as yet unable to confirm if most of our favourite drinks will be on the menu, but you’ll definitely see popular ones like Alisan Milk Foam Tea and Earl Grey Milk Tea on the menu.

Fingers crossed, I’m hoping that their Apple Black Tea will be back. I have been trying to look for a drink as fruity and as refreshing at other bubble tea outlets, but have been unsuccessful so far.

On top of the regular crowd favourites, Gong Cha is bringing in drinks like Sweet Potato Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Fresh Milk Oolong, and Matcha with Red Bean.

3.Where?

Gong Cha will be opening their flagship store on 1st December at 12pm. For the time being, their only outlet is located at SingPost Centre. Fans can expect more outlets in the following months.

Gong Cha
SingPost Centre #01-141A/B
10 Eunos Road
Singapore 408600

 

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Tiger Beer Street Food Festival 2017

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Join In The Festivities With Tiger Beer

Food and festivals seem to have been in no short supply as of late, with the number of festivals that have happened recently like the Chinatown Street Food Festvial and Beerfest which happened much more recently. Adding to the list is the Tiger Street Food Festival.

tiger beer street food festival

(image: Tiger Street Food Festival Facebook Page)

What To Expect

With 15 different vendors, 2 live bands and a boatload of beers, this one is a must go. Tiger seems to have hit the nail on the head, because what goes better with a good meal than a good beer! I know most people have a bone to pick with Tiger not being ‘strong enough for them’, but as a light refreshing beer, I think it would go fantastic with some of our favorite local dishes!

You’ll be able to find the traditional classics, as well as some with a twist!

tiger beer jia xiang nasi lemak

(image: Jia Xiang Nasi Lemak)

For instance, check out this Butterfly Pea Nasi Lemak with blue rice!

tiger beer ah tan wings

(image: Ah Tan Wings)

Don’t these wings look tasty?

tiger beer new beer flavors

(image: Tiger Facebook)

And what goes great with wings? Beer!

With Tiger’s all new Black and White offerings, I sure am excited for the Food Festival happening TOMORROW the 22nd of September!

tiger beer slushies

(image: Tiger)

Rumour has it that there’ll be Tiger Slushies!

tiger beer live bands

The Astronauts (left) and HubbaBubbas (right) are part of this year’s lineup

They’ve even got 2 incredible live bands to provide the vibes! The Astronauts and HubbaBubbas will be around to rock you through the night while you kick back and chill will your favourite food and drinks! Each band has made a name for itself in it’s own right, and is definitely worth checking out!

The hawker scene is arguably the biggest part of Singaporean culture, and as the generations come and go, this culture is slowly waning away. So why not take the day to appreciate the food that we’ve grown up on, that goes under appreciated so often. What better way is there to spend your Friday evening that with good food and beer after all!

The Tiger Street Food Festival is happening TOMORROW the 22nd of September at Tan Quee Lan Street, from 5PM to 10:30PM.

VENUE: Tan Quee Lan Street

DATE: 22nd of September

TIME: 5PM to 10:30PM

Nearest MRT: Bugis

Parking: Available along Tan Quee Lan Street, Liang Seah Street and at Bugis Junction

Mbassadors Beerfest Asia 2017

James Chan

Beer, Beer and More Beer at Beerfest Asia

beerfest asia beer exhibitors

As advertised, there were tons of beer from all around the world at Beerfest Asia 2017. Thing is, even though they tell you that there’s going to be 500 different brands of beer, it’s humanely impossible to try all of them. The very thought of more beer frightens me to be honest.

But here are a couple of pointers for the next Beerfest:

  • It’s going to be sweltering hot so dress accordingly
  • Never drink the same beer more than once (you’ve got to try other stuff!)
  • If you want to sample all the crowd favorites, do not go on the last day
  • However, if you’re looking for value deals and freebies, go on the last day
  • Grab a bite to eat 2 hours prior to your arrival at Beerfest because food is such a waste of space

Brands to look out for

As much as the very mention of beer makes me feel a little sick, I have to admit that some brands stood out for me last night.

beerfest asia Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager

Swan Lake Koshihikari Lager by Epicurean Nomads

This pale lager is made from Koshihikari Rice grains in Japan, which also happens to be one of the most premium rice on the market. It contains just but a mere 5% alcohol but don’t let that prevent you from appreciating its fine tastes.

By using fermented rice, this beer gives off a strong, sweet sake-like aroma (I love sake). As for the taste, it was a beautiful blend of light, sweet notes and a refreshing bitterness.  Somehow, I just kept wanting more!

The bottle is wrapped in a piece of paper that doubles up as its label as well. Talk about being unique!

In a short conversation with Epicurean Nomads‘ Director, Mr Charles Ng, he mentioned that they distribute this beer to most Japanese Michelin starred restaurants in Singapore. Talk about ATAS!

beerfest asia Schneider Weisse Mein Aventinus

Schneider Weisse Mein Aventinus by Beer Cellar Asia

Next up, a dark wheat beer by Schneider Weisse. Considered as Bavaria’s oldest wheat dopplebock, this beer packs a punch with 8.2% alcoholic content. It has enough malt content in it to be considered a meal on its own!

Taste wise, you can expect a strong sweetness to hit your taste buds upon contact but miraculously, it transitions into a rich and creamy after taste. It’s also dangerous that you can’t really taste the alcohol in this one because it’s relatively high (trust me, you’ll suffer later if you don’t look out!)

beerfest asia Schneider Weisse retailers

Beer Cellar Asia happens to be the exclusive distributor for Schneider Weisse in Singapore. Here’s a list of bars they distribute to so you can have a taste in the future!

beerfest asia female djs

Other Activities

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For the life of me, I couldn’t find the Mentaiko Quails Eggs so that was a little disappointing but I did win a free half-pint of beer after sinking 2 out of 3 footballs in humongous cups!

We also ate a couple of hot dogs and oogled at female DJs spinning. I think one of them smiled at me but I think I was pretty smashed by then, might have been dreaming.

Beerfest Asia 2017

James Chan

Beerfest Asia 2017

Back for its 9th consecutive run, Beerfest Asia promises to be an event you wouldn’t want to miss. They’re holding it at a new location this year though! This year, the magic will be happening at Marina Bay Cruise Centre. I’d say the only thing stopping me from going would be putting on extra inches to my ever growing waist line.

Standard 1 day tickets are going for $28 to $37 depending on which day you want to go.

Beerfest Asia event highlights

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf)

What to expect

BEER! Lots of it. I mean duh, it’s a beer festival but you’ll probably never ever see so many different types of beer being sold in one place (other than at the Beerfest of course). 500 different brands to be precise. You’ll definitely spot a couple of beers you’re familiar with and beers that you’ve never even heard of! Some are extremely hard to pronounce so I think if I were to order, I’d just point and go “1 of that please!”.

Beerfest Asia deejay highlights

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf )

Female DJs. I kid you not, there’s a whole line up of female guest DJs spinning you tunes the whole night! There are male ones as well but… just look at the line up and you’ll understand why I’m so stoked!

beer fest lineup

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf)

3 Tribute Bands!

Not the actual bands of course but they sound uncannily similar!

Bon Jovi Tribute – Slippery When Wet

They’ll be performing all the classic hits like “It’s My Life”! & “Livin’ on a Prayer”!

Def Leppard Tribute – Hysteria

“Pour Some Sugar On Me”“Love Bites” & Animal” sound familiar?

Guns N’ Roses Tribute – Gunners

Whoa Whoa Whoa Sweet Child of My-ine! Love that song!

beer fest food promotions

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf)

Food

This year, Beerfest will serve bar bites from 10 specially selected restaurants and bistros to fill that grumbling tummy of yours or to just simply augment your beery tipsy weekend.

Vendors include (but not limited to)

The Golden Duck Co

K.Fish

Easy Eggs

Handlebar

Beirut Grill

Shiso

Plentyfull

I’m particularly eyeing the Mentaiko Quail Eggs by Easy Eggs. Talk about a huge load of calories!

beer fest games

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com/assets/docs/BFA_event_guide_2017.pdf)

Games

The Beerfest wouldn’t be complete without BEER PONG! I’ve only ever saw these electronic tables on YouTube. Apparently they have LED lights installed and cover almost the entire surface area of the table! Cool!!!!

They’ll also have ELECTRONIC DARTS and a Golf Simulator

I don’t really get the whole golf simulator thing. Alcohol and precision of a swing don’t exactly meet eye to eye.

beer fest tickets

(source: http://www.beerfestasia.com)

VIP Package

From the information I’ve seen on their site, I believe only UOB Cardholders are eligible for the VIP Package. If you’re not a UOB Cardholder, tough luck because what they’re offering is SICK!

Free flow beer (of selected brands)

A VIP kit

Access to the VIP area

AND EXPRESS ENTRY to the event

You had me at Free Flow Beer the rest are just added bonuses. Oh and guess who’s a UOB Yolo Card owner? Moi!

That Being Said

That’s it, I was kind of on the fence about whether to grace the event with my presence but, I’m sold. I’m going. Probably on Saturday. See you all there!

Address : Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947

Hours :

17 August 2017, Trade 4 – 6pm, Public 6pm – 1am

18 August 2017, 6pm – 2am

19 August 2017, 3pm – 2am

20 August 2017, 2pm – 10pm

 

 

SG Coffee Fest 2017

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Coffee lovers rejoice!

The Singapore Coffee Festival is back, and with so much to offer, it’s going to be a coffee connoisseur’s dream!

Singapore Coffee Festival Promo Poster

WHAT IS THE SINGAPORE COFFEE FESTIVAL?

The Singapore Coffee Festival, organised by The Straits Times and presented by DBS Bank, is back this year! Featuring brews from the best local and international café’s, explore the craftsmanship behind specialty coffee and uncover Singapore’s unique and rich ‘kopi’ heritage.

Singapore Coffee Festival coffee art

WHO’S GOING TO BE THERE

With beans, blends, gadgets and machines exhibited and available for purchase from over 100 different exhibitors from Singapore’s coffee and lifestyle scene, as well as notable international entrants, it is unlikely that you’d run out of things to see and brews to try.

As you chill out in one of their specially designed social spaces, or while admiring the panoramic waterfront view, enjoy local music acts like Ffion, Inch and Stopgap at this year’s Singapore Coffee Festival. A grand total of six local artistes will grace the stage over the three day event.

For a full list of exhibitors, check out the link below!

http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg/partners-exhibitors/

THE PROGRAMME

There is definitely going to be lots to see and do at this year’s Singapore Coffee Festival. Besides merely enjoying your cuppa, learn how to brew the perfect cup of joe by signing up for one of the Lab Sessions offered!

The Straits Times, Bettr Barista and Common Man Coffee organised The Lab Sessions last year. These sessions focused on topics like barista skills, latte art, starting a café, and chocolate pairings.

Grab your tickets soon, because tickets to the Lab Sessions last year were snapped up almost as soon as they were released!

Singapore Coffee Festival Winning Illustration

MORE THAN A ONE-OFF FESTIVAL 

“Design The Cup” competition – Entrants submitted illustrations, in the hopes of getting their illustration featured on 6,000 coffee cups for the festival.

The winning illustration, above, is by local Temasek Polytechnic student Ellen Chee.

10 lucky winners were given the opportunity to visit 4 local café’s to enjoy and sample great coffee. Not to mention hanging out with local Radio DJ Desiree Lai! (Jealous much!). The winners also got to take a behind the scenes look at what goes into the perfect cup of coffee. The baristas also taught them some neat tips and tricks!

To see more of the Coffee Trail, click the link below!

https://www.facebook.com/StraitsTimesFood/videos/1917304398513372/

Singapore Coffee Festival coffee

HOW DO I ATTEND?
Location: Marina Bay Cruise Center
Date: 3rd August 2017 – 6th August 2017

Tickets are available here!
http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg/tickets/

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