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Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival (30 June–8 July 2018)

This year’s Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival will be back again in a couple of days’ time, and if you’re a plant and nature lover like I am (or I like to think I am), you mustn’t miss out on this! Even if you don’t like spending time outdoors, now would be a good opportunity to enjoy Singapore’s first UNESCO Heritage World Heritage Site, as there will be numerous activities going on:

  • Concerts at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage
  • Movie screenings
  • Guided tours of the various parts of the Botanic Gardens
  • Roving Performances
  • Activities such as mass yoga, children’s activities, exhibitions
  • Free entry to the National Orchid Garden
  • etc

This year, the Heritage Festival will also focus on plants used by indigenous cultures of Southeast Asia, including Singapore. What are some of these plants you may ask? Think Elephant yam, coconut, torch ginger, sweet potato, curry leaf and kedongdong amongst others. Learn more about these plants, and get a chance to taste them, as the Gardens’ cafes, restaurants and retail outlets will be showcasing various menus and programmes featuring these edible plants during the Heritage Festival.

I had the opportunity to have a quick media preview of what is to come. Scroll down to see what is in store for this year’s Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival! Also check out the official Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival 2018 site online.

 

Visiting the Gardens

Heritage Tours

Singapore Botanic Gardens Bandstand and raintrees

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I have been to the Singapore Botanic Gardens numerous times, more often than the average Singaporean I would suppose, but I still learn something new every time. For example, did you notice that the rain trees surrounding the bandstand look particularly yellow? Those rain trees were deliberately chosen to be planted here. Only 1 in 1,000 rain trees exhibit this yellowish leaves characteristic.

Attend free guided tours available on 30 June, 1,7 and 8 July to increase your knowledge on history, ecology and plant and animal life. The tours are free but on-site registration is required. Check out my instastories for video snippets of my tour around the Botanic Gardens.

 

National Orchid Garden

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Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival–Lots to eat, see and do!

The annual Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Festival is back for 2 weekends from 30 June – 9 July 2017. There’s so much to see, do and eat that you might want to spend more than 1 day at the Gardens!

Check out this link for more details on the programmes and promotions lined up for the Heritage Festival, but here’s a short summary on what you can expect:

  • Performances at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage and the Bandstand
  • Programmes such as laughter yoga to qigong to
  • Children’s craft-making activities
  • Talks such as why the Singapore Botanic Gardens gained UNESCO World Heritage status or getting to know your Kampung vegetables.
  • Guided tours of the Gardens
  • Plant sales
  • Free entry to National Orchid Garden
  • and more!

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And of course, not forgetting the fooooood! The F&B outlets at the Singapore Botanic Gardens will be coming up with special heritage dishes and/or discounts to whet your appetite during this period. Scroll down for pictures of what to expect.

~~~ Halia ~~~

Check out the numerous food and drink selections that have ginger and other botanical inspirations in them. The Chilled Ginger Jive is particularly refreshing, especially after a long and sweaty stroll in the Gardens. The Lemongrass and Ginger Prawn salad is really good too. It has a zesty Asian dressing and is quite substantial as a meal actually. And of course, the Chilli Crab Spaghettini is their long standing house favourite.

Check out Halia’s Chilli Crab Sauce Cooking Demonstration approx 45min on 1,2,8,9 July 4.30pm. Demo is FREE but registration is required.

Halia’s Provisions Store will also be offering a 10% discount for various items during the Heritage Festival, such as Halia’s signature chilli crab sauce, ginger flower sauce, ginger pineapple jam etc.

Halia at SBG - Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

Chilled Ginger Jive (Ice blend of fresh ginger, fruit punch, orange & honey) $12

These 2 glasses look like 2 birds perched on the railing!

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What to eat at the Singapore Botanic Gardens – Cafes and Restaurants

Apart from the Food Canopy food court, there are also a few other restaurants and cafes to dine at at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

~~~ Corner House ~~~

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Just newly opened on 25 July 2014, Corner House is a gastro-botanica French fine dining restaurant in a conservation black and white colonial bungalow perched atop a small hill. The priciest place of the lot, but that’s why it’s called fine-dining. You might remember this place as the former Au Jardin.

http://365days2play.com/2014/07/28/corner-house-at-the-singapore-botanic-gardens/

1 Cluny Road , E J H Corner House, Singapore Botanic Gardens (Nassim Gate) | Singapore 259569

T: +65 6469 1000 | F: +65 6469 0136 | enquiries@cornerhouse.com.sg

http://cornerhouse.com.sg/

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Supertree Dining – Where to eat at Gardens by the Bay

Finally paid a visit to the much acclaimed Gardens by the Bay. I was there to sample the delights at Supertree Dining so I didn’t have much time to explore the park. The short walk from the bus bay to the Supertree Dining left me quite mesmerised. I will definitely have come back again to explore the park fully, both in the day as well as at night. Have you seen the pictures of the Gardens by the Bay at night? It looks alienish and surreal! The views from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Rooms must be fantastic.

What to eat at Gardens by the Bay

Anyway, those making a trip to the park need not fret about packing their own picnic lunches. The variety of food available here is equally astounding too. Well this after all Singapore, the national pastime being eating, and eating some more. Apart from Supertree Dining, there’s also :-

  • Pollen – A 2-storey restaurant featuring mediterranean-influenced modern European cuisine and helmed by Chef Jason Atherton who owns the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social back in London
  • Cafe Crema – Think coffee, sandwiches and brunch) at the entrance. You can get a picnic basket with sandwiches from them too!
  • Verandah – Asian bistro serving things like XO-sauce Chwee Kuey, Black Pepper Crab Linguine, and Kurobuta ‘Kong Bah’ on Japanese rice
  • Seventh Heaven – Handcrafted ice cream shop near the Cloud Forest and Forest Dome

Check out all the Gardens by the Bay dining options here. Bakerzin, Indochine and Satay by the Bay will open later in the year.

Supertree Dining

And….befitting the grandeur of the Supertrees located in the middle of the park, there is Supertree Dining as well! Supertree Dining is made up of 5 distinctive dining concepts combined into 1 unique dining destination. SuperTree Dining comprises of :-

  • Peach Garden Noodle House
  • Hill Street Coffee Shop
  • Casa Verde
  • Texas Chicken
  • Canele Patisserie Chocolaterie

Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie at Supertree Dining

Stepping into Supertree Dining is kind of like stepping into dome number 3. The place is so spacious, with the high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling glass windows allowing you to maintain eye contact with the Supertrees outside. The most amazing thing is that there are even trees housed within the Supertree Dining itself, with openings in the ceiling for the trees to grow. These openings also let the rain in, and the birds! We dined amongst the light rain coming down on the tree, and at one point, 2 little birds were flying and chirping around the tree, and we enjoyed this without getting wet ourselves!

Here are pictures of all the delicious food we tried at Supertree Dining.

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Most unique cafes in Singapore

Here’s a list of what I think are the best cafes in Singapore to visit in terms of uniqueness. Enjoy!

1. Casa Verde at the Botanic Gardens

Visitors Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cluny Road Singapore 259569

A cafe nestled amongst the greenery of the Botanic Gardens, you can watch people walking their dogs and little kids playing by the plant fountains. A very relaxing place to be in, if you can get a seat!

2. Privé at Keppel Island

No.2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay Singapore 098382

The cafe overlooks the Marina. While you may not own a yacht (yet), it’s never any harm to lust after someone else’s! Romantic and peaceful at night.

3. Epicurious at Robertson Quay

#01-02 The Quayside, Robertson Quay Tel: 6734-7720

Epicurious is touted to have the best breakfast in Singapore. It’s situated along the picturesque Robertson Quay area. After a hearty meal, you can take a stroll along the Singapore River and watch the boats go by.

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4. Sunset Bay Garden Beach Bar at East Coast Park

1300 East Coast Park, Bougainvillea Garden (Carpark F2) Singapore 468964
Tel: 6448 9060

You definitely need a car to get here. Snag a seat facing the beach and you will be able to watch people flying kits as well as the numerous cyclists whizzing by.

5. Riders Cafe at Bukit Timah Saddle Club

51 Fairway Drive Singapore 286965

Rider’s cafe, who would have known you can dine amongst horses in Singapore???

6. Jams Cafe at Prologue Bookshop in Ion Mall

2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801

Ok Jam’s cafe is the most accesible out of the entire list. It’s located at Ion Mall so you can just drop off at the Orchard MRT. Since it’s located in a bookshop, with glass windows for you to watch Orchard Road go by, your best bet is to buy a book and grab a seat here.

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