Here’s yet another festival for all you foodies who can never get enough — it’s the second edition of the Sentosa Food Fest!
From now till 17 September 2023, you can look forward to a 10-week-long food extravaganza featuring unique dining experiences and fringe events, starting with the highly-anticipated Sentosa GrillFest 2023.
Sentosa GrillFest is back and better than ever with its delectable charred delights and beachside barbecues from now till 30 July, every Friday to Sunday, at Siloso Beachfront.
With 35 F&B establishments spread out over three different zones, you can look forward to a relaxing weekend evening by the beach, complete with ice-cold beers, live music, and a whole lotta smoky grilled eats.
If you’ve visited the previous renditions of GrillFest, make a beeline for Fan Favourites, such as the Dry Aged Beef Burger from DAMN, Pulled Beef Cheek Burger from Kwee Zeen at Sofitel Singapore Resort & Spa, and Signature Char Siew from Johor Bahru’s Amplitude (Meng Meng Roasted Duck).
Seafood lovers mustn’t miss out on the Charcoal Grilled Seabass Butterfly with Signature Garlic Chilli (S$24) from the popular Fatty Grill by Homeground Grill & Bar, but if you really want to treat yourself, the indulgent Unagi Kabayaki Skewers w Uni (S$19 for two) from Wild Tide are your best bet.
Expert grill masters take centre stage at Grill By The Beach — watch them grill up a storm with various contraptions (the kind you see on Netflix’s Barbeque Showdown, a series I love binge-watching) before taking your pick from the area of grilled specialities.
The team at Sentosa Golf Club is constantly dishing out Rotisserie Rib Roasts (from S$36) grilled over Mangrove charcoal and lychee wood, like Lamb Rib and Pork Belly Ribs (with crispy skin!), which pair excellently with zesty Thai herbs dipping sauce.
Making its inaugural appearance at Sentosa GrillFest 2023 is Jett Barbecue, the one stall I was really looking forward to. You don’t get to try authentic Texan barbecue often in Singapore, and the Texas Style Dino Beef Ribs (from S$19), which comes served with signature mashed potatoes, lime-infused coleslaw and homemade sauces, is a definite must-order.
You can also enjoy the juicy, fatty, and impeccably smoky beef rib in the form of Texas Dino Ribs Tacos (S$19) — subtly spicy and packed with flavour.
Keep the Texas barbecue streak going with a pit stop at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit for a hearty Angus Beef Brisket Mac Stack (S$17), Pit-Smoked Buffalo Wings (S$22), or the Brisket Burnt Ends Plate + Slaw (S$28) for one, which is available in limited quantities.
If you’ve always wanted to explore new flavours from countries like Egypt, Mexico, Taiwan, and South Africa, look no further than the new International Delights zone. It is headlined by South African Shisa Nyama, helmed by chef Pitso Chauke and his team, with a curated menu showcasing braai (South African barbecue).
Chow down on the signature Boerewors (S$27), smoky sausage served with Salsa, Pap (polenta), and Chakalaka (vegetable relish), and wash it down with a fruity South African wine or two.
For the first time at Sentosa GrillFest 2023, festival-goers will also get to try authentic Egyptian food by Huras, a stall specialising in Hawawshi (from S$16), the popular Egyptian stuffed pita with your choice of Chicken, Beef, Lamb, or Mixed, baked with gooey mozzarella cheese.
But that’s not all — you can also look forward to the upcoming Sentosa Restaurant Trail, which will take place from 14 to 25 August, during which guests can try curated menus with special weekday deals.
This will be followed by the Sentosa Food Truck Fiesta from 1 to 17 September (Fridays to Sundays), featuring affordable local and street food served up from food trucks. Coupled with live music, movie screenings and an artisanal flea market, you’re in a series of exciting weekends at Sentosa!
Do note that tickets to Sentosa GrillFest 2023 are not required and entry is free (with food payable separately) so all you need to do is turn up and get ready for a grillin’ good time.
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Photos by Christabel Tan