The perennial search for the best food and drink is arguably Singapore’s national pastime. Which is why a festival that combines the best of both worlds will sit quite nicely in every local’s epicurean calendar.
Held at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) over two days (Oct 11 and 12), the Great Wine & Dine Festival offers up more than 400 wines for sampling, accompanied by exclusive dishes from RWS’ bevy of celebrity chef restaurants, including a pomfret ceviche with passionfruit, coconut and kaffir lime from the one-Michelin-starred Table65 and smoked duck miso rice cake from Teppan by Chef Yonemura.
Another big food highlight to look out will be Los Angeles cult favourite Lobsterdamus. Famed for their lobster fries, lobster nachos and grilled lobster with garlic noodles, they will be making their Singapore debut with this highly anticipated pop-up.
Sake lovers will also have a special Japanese zone featuring sake breweries specially flown in from Japan.
If you're an oenophile, there is a plethora of vintages to sip from. Indulge in the award-winning Tuscan winery Frescobaldi at Cellarmaster Wines or be one of the first to exclusively preview three award-winning wines from 1855 The Bottle Shop + Vinicole Asia.
All three wines – 2017 The Prisoner Wine Co, The Prisoner; 2017 Charles Smith Wines, Kung Fu Girl Riesling and 2015 Castello di Monsanto, Chianti Classico Riserva – are making their first appearance in Singapore and have ranked thrice in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of The Year.
Visitors also have the chance to taste the winning wines (and nominees) from RWS’ inaugural Wine Pinnacle Awards, which is being held in tandem with the festival.
Since June this year, an independent jury of over 50 wine professionals comprising Masters of Wine and master sommeliers from top fine-dining restaurants across the US, the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific have cast their votes through a secure online nomination ballot.
They have chosen winners in 27 award categories including the most "thought-provoking" wine (Black Swan Of The Year), the best red wines produced in China (Best Chinese Red), Best Organic/Natural Wine Of The Year and Best Young Winemaker Of The Year.
The results will be announced at a gala dinner in collaboration with chef Nicolas Masse from two Michelin-starred La Grand’Vigne in Bordeaux on Oct 10, culminating with the declaration of the Grand Jury Award winner – the absolute best of this year’s showing.
According to Wine Pinnacle Awards Committee member Jeannie Cho-Lee, the first Asian Master of Wine as well as a wine writer and critic, the results are “diverse”.
“From mature fine wines to new exciting recent releases and hidden treasures, the results highlight the best wines from France, Italy, Australia, USA, China, Spain and South America,” she said.
The festival will also feature a series of ticketed masterclasses (S$170 per person, limited to 25 people for each class) for wine connoisseurs and aspiring aficionados who want to navigate through topics like Tuscan wines, craft sake and the difference between new and old-world wines.
Tickets on sale at www.thegreatfestival.sg from S$60 per person with special rates for Mastercard card holders and RWS Invites members. Ticket includes one-day access to the festival grounds, wine and sake samples, and a complimentary RWS Invites membership.