Thursday, October 19, 2017

AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival (4-12 Nov): Nine-day Party with Diversity!

Singapore's largest and most prestigious hotel operator is throwing a massive nine-day party! The AccorHotels Food & Wine Festival will showcase exciting culinary creations, masterclasses and delicious drinks across its 40 restaurants from 4-12 Nov 2017.

Leading culinary talent within the AccorHotels group includes Chef Kirk Westaway of Michelin-starred JAAN, Raffles Hotel legend Amos Ting, and Chef Louis Tay of Swissotel Merchant Court who took home gold for Singapore in the Culinary Olympics 2016.

“We are thrilled to announce our very first AccorHotels Singapore Food & Wine Festival, which will showcase the diversity of our bars and restaurants, the amazing talent of our staff and the multi-ethnic influences of this beautiful city,” said Michael Issenberg, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Asia Pacific. “We have never before hosted a festival on this grand scale and it speaks to the passion Singaporeans have for food and the pride we have in the fabulous restaurants and bars that we manage across the city.

“I don’t believe there is a better destination than Singapore when it comes to a festival of this kind because people can travel easily between our different hotels and enjoy an experience for every taste and budget.”

Chef de Cuisine Paul Hallett of Swissotel Stamford preparing the Burrata
“The AccorHotels Singapore Food & Wine Festival will provide guests the chance to sample the best recipes from more than 100 chefs across our network, learn how to expertly prepare some Singaporean classics, see behind the scenes of our kitchens and experience a multi-sensory, multicultural culinary adventure across the city,” said chef Kirk Westaway. “I am delighted to have this chance to showcase the up-and-coming stars of our hotels who highlight the fact that Singapore’s culinary future is indeed bright.”

Here are some highlights you can expect:

Pool Parties on 4 Nov

Five hotels are throwing poolside BBQ parties!

Enjoy seafood BBQ at the luxurious pool with a live DJ
1-5pm, $68.00++ (Adult); $35.00++ (Child)
Buckets of 5 Sols beers at S$30 or free flowing draught Tiger at S$49

Tuck into BBQ and a local buffet while enjoying a live band featuring David & Debhra
6 to 9.30 pm, S$45++ per person

Local hawker style BBQ at the pool featuring DJ and Gold90.5 live broadcast
4 to 6 pm, S$49++ per person

It's going to be a BBQ feast with Chorizo Sausages, Marinated Prawn Skewers, Chicken Wings, etc, with free flow soft drinks
12 to 4 pm, S$52++ or S$20++ for child (6 - 12 years old); kids 5 years and below dine free

Enjoy pan-Asian finger food like Grilled Chicken Yakitori with Mango Salsa,  Beef Sliders, Oven Baked Mushroom Puffs, Salmon Quiche, Golden Crispy Potato Croquette. DJ Andrew Chow, Andrew T and Yafith spinning funky hip-hop music with pan-Asian finger food
3 to 6 pm, S$58++ per person

Hotel Events

Making cookies and smoothies
The AccorHotels network includes some of Singapore’s most impressive properties like Raffles Hotel, Fairmont Singapore, So Sofitel Singapore, Sofitel Singapore City Centre, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, Swissôtel Stamford Singapore, Swissôtel Merchant Court, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, Novotel & Mercure Stevens Road (opening Oct), Mercure Singapore Bugis, ibis Styles Macpherson, ibis on Bencoolen and ibis Novena.

Bannie Kang of Anti:dote making her signature cocktail
There will be individual events at the hotels like masterclasses on cocktail shaking with champion bartender Bannie Kang at Anti:dote (Fairmont Singapore); a Singapore Sling masterclass; wine and cheese masterclass; parent-child classes on cooking various cuisines, making smoothies and cookies; tea appreciation sessions; latte artmaking; popiah-rolling; a chocolate & champagne pairing dinner; foodie influencer meet-ups and more to entice both locals and visitors to Singapore to experience the very best flavours of the city. 

Eat & Drink With Camemberu (9 Nov)

I will be hosting a small group of readers for a special back-to-back session on 9 Nov: heritage cooking plus modern cocktails. We will kick off with a Peranakan cuisine workshop at Swissotel Merchant Court (3:30pm to 5:30pm) followed by cocktail-making class at Fairmont (6:00pm to 7:30pm).

Peranakan cuisine is strongly influenced by the Chinese, Malay and Indonesian cooking methods and a harmonious blend of flavours created this distinctive cuisine. Experience the unique Peranakan culture through a heritage cooking showcase (worth S$35 nett) with Executive Chef Louis Tay and Sous Chef Lok Jun Wah at Swissôtel Merchant Court, Singapore!

Signature Peranakan dishes that will be demonstrated during the showcase:
Itek Tim – Salted Vegetables and Duck Soup
Tau Yu Chicken – Dark Soy Sauce Chicken
Ikan Asam Pedas – Spicy Tamarind Fish
Sambal Bendi Udang – Spicy Ladyfinger and Prawns

After that, we will adjourn to Anti:dote at the Fairmont for the Bar Apprentice with Bannie Kang masterclass (S$42 nett). Learn the tips and tricks to crafting your very own concoction from Anti:dote's head craftsman Bannie Kang. I'm sure you will make new friends through this bar apprentice program which includes two refreshing cocktails.

See contest at the end of the post where I will pick five winners to join me.

Special Set Menus

The Burrata from EquinoxSpecially priced tasting set menus at various hotels will allow guests to sample the signature dishes across the AccorHotels network. For example, Racines (at Sofitel Singapore City Centre, helmed by Chef Jean-Charles Dubois) is offering a four-course lunch menu (S$47++) including a choice of Hokkaido scallop carpaccio or Lobster soup; main of wagyu beef cheek or pan-seared barramundi; and dessert.

Pan-seared Locally-farmed Seabass with Morel Crust by Mercure Bugis Singapore
Royale at Mercure Bugis Singapore has teamed up with Ah Hua Kelong for sustainably sourced and locally farmed seafood. The S$27++ set menu gives you main course choices of crispy seabass, seafood aglio olio or slow-braised assorted seafood (jumbo clams, mussels, seabass fillet, crayfish).

The curated menus are priced according to hotel tiers.

LUXURY HOTELS: Lunch S$47++ and Dinner S$67++
Fairmont Singapore
Swissotel The Stamford
Swissotel Merchant Court
So Sofitel Singapore
Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

MIDSCALE HOTELS: Lunch S$27++ and Dinner S$47++
Novotel Clarke Quay
Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Mercure Singapore Bugis
Mercure Singapore on Stevens

ECONOMY HOTELS: Lunch S$15++ | Dinner S$ 27++
Ibis Styles MacPherson
Ibis Bencoolen
Ibis Novena

Coconut Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream from Jia Wei at Grand Mercure Roxy
I know I'll definitely be heading to Jia Wei at Grand Mercure Roxy for their divine Coconut Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Mega Brunch at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa on 12 Nov

The whole festival culminates in a Super Sunday brunch on 12 November 2017 from 11.30am to 3.30pm at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. Each of the 15 AccorHotels properties in Singapore will showcase their specialty dishes, desserts and drinks along with live DJ entertainment and fun for all the family.

You can quote "FOODFESTIVAL" for 10% off during reservation!

Ticket prices and perks:

$288 ++ (With free flow of Rose Taittinger)
$268 ++ (With free flow of Brut Taittinger)
$230 ++ (With free flow of non-alcoholic beverages)
$100 ++ (For kids – AccorHotels child policy applies)

Foodie Passport

With every qualifying restaurant visit, you can collect stamps in a Foodie Passport that gives you the chance to win prizes like meals, staycations and trips.

With just three stamps on your passport, you'll be eligible to win vouchers to dine at an AccorHotels Singapore restaurant. Earn six stamps and you get a chance to win a stay at one of the 15 hotels in Singapore. Earn nine stamps for a chance to win the lucky draw grand prize: a trip for two to Sydney or Paris on British Airways with hotel accommodations at an AccorHotels property!

If you are a member of AccorPlus, Le Club AccorHotels or Far Card, you get an extra stamp with each qualifying menu. Pay with your MasterCard and you will get an extra stamp. More on AccorPlus on my post here!

Mikuni platter

The AccorHotels Singapore Food & Wine Festival is proudly sponsored by Mastercard and British Airways.

Check out the festival program, learn about the participating chefs and bar-tisans and book your festival tickets at


Here's all you need to do to win a place to join me on the free Eat-Drink trail:

1. Share this post on Facebook (please make sure it's public, so I can see it, tag me @camemberu too)
2. Name your favourite AccorHotels restaurant (you can browse the full list at the website above) and tell us why it is your favourite.
3. Tag two friends you'd love to visit an AccorHotels restaurant with.
4. If you haven't liked the AccorHotels and Camemberu pages, please do so! :)

You can use my Facebook post for easy sharing:

Closing date: 2359hrs, 31 Oct 2017
Five winners will be chosen and notified.


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