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Star Wars: Experience the force festival

Get ready to experience a 10-day long Star Wars themed festival in Singapore this September.

Opening on 1 September 2017, the Star Wars: Experience the Force Singapore festival co-organised by ReedPOP and The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia will allow fans to be a part of the global fan event as they celebrate the merchandise release of the upcoming movie “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” at ION Orchard.

There will be various exciting pop-up experiences and fan-based activities, including the first-ever installation of the Millennium Falcon and the first-ever Padawan Training in Southeast Asia. Aspiring Padawans aged between 4 to 12 are invited to train in the ways of the Force and learn how to master a lightsaber under the guidance of a Jedi Master.


Star Wars: Experience the force festival

A unique opportunity to meet and interact with the adorable BB-8 droid in virtual reality will take place at the Basement 4 of ION Station. Created by ILMxLAB, this installation is a first for Southeast Asia fans after debuting at the Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 earlier this year.


Apart from that, Toys ‘R’ Us, Simply Toys, and Beast Kingdom will be bringing their 3.5 meter tall AT-ACT Walker set from the Battle of Scarif scene and exclusive “Star Wars” merchandise to the festival as well.

Best of all, the 10-day festival experiences along Orchard Road are FREE!

For more information, go to Star Wars: Experience the Force website.

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    Carouselland 2017
    Source: facebook.com/carousell.sg

    From Geronimo Stilton books for 6-year-olds to buying an Audi car for the yuppies, homegrown Carousell app has certainly turned itself into a top of mind marketplace for people buying or selling new and pre-loved goods. Carouselland, a 2-day an offline event hosted by Carousell seeks to make the marketplace experience come to live by bringing together over 400 popular sellers from its community. The event will take place at Suntec City Convention Centre on 24 – 25 June 2017.

    What to expect at Carouselland

    From retro collectibles & games to lifestyle gadgets and homemade gifts, the 2-day event will feature 600 booths with a wide range of new and pre-loved items. Popular Carousellers like @vintagewknd will be showcasing affordable vintage clothes while @t.faith will be letting go of impulse fashion buys, something we can totally empathise with.

    Carouseller @vintagewknd
    Source: @vintagewknd
    carouseller @hey.izzy
    Source: @hey.izzy

    Carouselland 2017 is divided into 4 themed-zones: Harry Potter, Once Upon a Time, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz. Having these themes will certainly help you communicate where you are located at the Convention Halls when going in groups or as a family amid the troves of shops and bargain-hunters.

    Think you are good at retro games? It’s all going down at the Retro Gaming Corner mend by Carouseller @retrorider where you stand to win exciting prizes if you take down the highest score at Tetris. Other vintage arcade games like, Contra on the classic Nintendo Famicom System, Golden Axe 2 on a Sega Megadrive 16 bit system and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Super Nintendo will be restored to its former glory too at this corner. We are just glad that someone is still taking good care of these classics.

    carouseller @retrorider
    Source: @retrorider

    If you are bringing your kids along, there is a Kids Corner set up to keep them entertained while you scan the floor for deals. Carouseller @icelebr8 will keep them busy with shows and a colouring corner among other activities. Best of all, the ‘service’ is free and you also get to print out all your memories at a free Instagram booth when you hashtag #Carouselland2017.

    Kid’s Corner line-up and activities on both days include:
    Whole Day: Instabooth, Colouring Corner
    1.00pm – 2.30pm: Magician + Games/ Activities
    3.30pm – 4.30pm: Glitter Tattoo Artist
    5.30pm – 6.30pm: Balloon Twisting

    Whether you are going for the kill armed with the best bargaining skills for fashion items, home decor trinkets or gadgets, or simply looking for a fun-filled weekend for your kids before school reopens, Carouselland is certainly worth checking out.

    Carouselland 2017

    Carouselland 2017

    Location: Suntec City Exhibition Hall 401, 402, 403
    Date: 24th June 2017 & 25th June 2017
    Time: 11am to 8pm
    Getting there by train:
    From CC3 Esplanade MRT Station (3 minutes): Take Exit A and follow the signage to our Centre
    From CC4 Promenade MRT Station (5 minutes): Take Exit C, walk through Suntec City Mall and follow the signage to our Centre
    From EW13 City Hall MRT Station (8 – 10 minutes): Walk through City Link Mall and then Esplanade Exchange to get here
    Getting there by bus:
    Suntec Singapore – 36, 70M, 111, 133, 133A, 162M, 518, 518A, 700A, 857, NRI, 97, 97A, 70A, 106, 502, 502A, 502B, 518, 551, 578, 581, 577, 580, 575, 576, 579
    Opposite Suntec Singapore – 36, 36A

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      Teh Tarik run 2017

      For most people, hydrating before or during a run usually means guzzling down water or an isotonic drink. But drinking tea? And we don’t mean breakfast tea, Earl Grey or the Oolong, but the local “teh tarik” or pulled tea. You know, the frothy beverage you order with roti prata, mee rebus or nasi lemak.

      In Singapore, organisers are pulling together a world’s first ever Teh Tarik Run, in a bid to outdo the already bizarre Krispy Kreme run. The race requires runners to complete a 4 x 1km circuit and drink from a tik-gong (an old school way of serving tea in a condensed milk can) filled with teh tarik without spilling for every 1km set. That’s 4 vomit inducing sets. The tik-gongs will be included in the race pack to runners.

      If this run is your cup of tea, you can register now at tehtarikrun.com for $28 before 15 February 2017. After that, runners will have to pay $35 to take part in the race.


      What you will be getting for the Teh Tarik Run 2017 registration fees:

      • An event tee with Teh Tarik Run 2017 printed on it to remind your of being one of the first to participate in a world’s first event.
      • A set of Starter Tik Kong and Finisher Tik Kong. Well, you will need 2 cans to do pulled tea at home anyway.
      • A Finisher Prata will be served at the end of the race. For the thirsty type, please bring your own water.

      At the end of the race, an After Event Prata Party will be held where the top 20 fastest runners will get to enjoy their pratas with mutton or chicken curry while others finishers will have to chuck down their flatbread with less premium curry.

      Teh Tarik Run takes place at Kallang River Side Park on Sunday, 9 April 2017.

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      Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve definitely heard of the song that begins with “I have a pen, I have an apple…” – well, we’ll let you finish the rest.

      After causing major human jams in his recent Taiwan visit, the man behind the viral hit “PPAP” is coming to Singapore this month to take part in the Anime Festival Asia (AFA). And just in case you are still wondering, PPAP stands for Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen.

      The song that lasts only 45 seconds is now a Guinness World Record for the shortest song to break into the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, the song is so short that he now has a ‘LONG’ version. Pikotaro, the singer has Justin Bieber to thank, who caused the song to go viral and making it a global sensation after sharing the song to his social media fans.

      Since then, “PPAP” has been viewed more than 85 million views on YouTube. And like they all say, the rest is history.

      You can catch him at the Anime Festival that takes place from 25 to 27 November 2016. If you are only there for the Japanese comedian Daimaou Kosaka, Pikotaro, do purchase your tickets for the 27 November as that will be the date he lands in Singapore as announced by entertainment channel WakuWaku on its Facebook page. Pikotaro is known for starting his “PPAP” performances anytime, anywhere, so do get ready your lyric and dance move as it might just happen.

      Anime Festival Asia 2016 poster
      Photo source: Anime Festival Asia 2016

      Anime Festival Asia 2016 details:

      Date: 25-27 November 2016
      Address: Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre
      Tickets: Starts from S$13 and can be purchased via animefestival.asia

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        Call it vanity but doesn’t your drink taste that much better when you sip it off a beautiful mug? That must be the idea behind Starbucks’ series of designer collaboration mugs and bottles.

        This season, Starbucks is working with Vivienne Tam to debut an exclusive line of merchandise inspired by the designers’ iconic “Bird and Flora” print. Known for her culture-bridging, East-meets-West approach, the collection effortlessly blends Asian cultural roots with a modern design language recognised for its artistry.

        For S$128, you get a double wall mug, S’well® bottle (choice of red or black), tote bag, and a limited edition Starbucks card. The items are only sold as a set and may not be bought separately.

        Vivienne Tam-Starbucks Double Wall Mug + S'well Bottle (Black) v4
        Vivienne Tam-Starbucks S’well Bottle in black

        The double wall mug is great for holding hot drinks, keeping it warm and insulated, while the S’well® bottle is good for oth hot and cold drinks. Its vacuum-sealed, double walled construct keep hot and cold drinks insulated for up to 12 hours as well as minimise condensation and protect hands.

        The Vivienne Tam-Starbucks merchandise will be available from 10 June 2016 at all Starbucks® stores across Singapore.

        Check out the previous Starbucks collaboration with alice + olive boutique last year.

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          Ever curious about how to make a decent cup of coffee? We have just the right festival for you.

          Singapore will be holding its first ever Singapore Coffee Festival (SFC) between 9-12 June where over 100 exhibitors from the coffee and café industry will come together to engage coffee lovers and drinkers who want to learn more about what goes into making a perfect cup of Joe.

          During the 4-day festival targeted at both trade visitors as well as coffee lovers, participants will get to sample some of the top coffee roasts from around the world, attend workshops to learn all about their favourite drink as well as watch baristas perform live on site. The SFC will be held at the F1 Pit Building. Topics include latte art techniques and coffee-brewing methods you can do at home.

          Ticket prices start from $18 for the ‘General’ 1-day pass which provides access to workshops and lab sessions, music stages as well as a goodie bag worth $15. Upgrade to the VIP ticket at $43 and get these additional perks: VIP fast track entry, VIP lounge experience with a complimentary glass of cocktail and canapes and a VIP goodie bag worth $40.

          For more information, check out the SFC website.

          Singapore Coffee Festival 2016

          The F1 Pit Building
          1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
          Date: 9-12 June

          9 June: Trade and media preview from 11am – 9pm

          10-12 June: Open to the public from from 11am – 9pm

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            School’s out! There’s no better time to treat the kids — and fun-loving folks like yourselves — to some awesome water adventures. Here, we have 4 fun-filled and educational activities there’s’ bound to bring loads of laughter and hours of family bonding and entertainment. Sure beats having junior glued to the tablet or smartphone all day!

            Soak Out Water Party at Universal Studios Singapore (USS)

            June school holidays

            Where: USS, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway

            Dates: 13 June – 10 August

            Time: 3.00pm daily, 5.30pm on Saturdays

            Duration: 30 minutes per session

            Price: Regular admission at $74 (adult) and $54 (child)

            The more adventurous ones will enjoy the cutting-edge rides and attractions at the Soak Out Water Party at USS. Kids will get to take part in the all-new Soak Out Water Party with their favourite characters such as Minions, Sesame Street friends and more. There’s also a festive parade that runs through select zones in the park where close to 50 characters and entertainers will be grooving to catchy music and engaging in water play fun.

            The party culminates in a water cannon blast, alongside high-flying aerialists who will give revellers a refreshing cool-down in the park. Visitors can continue to chill out in an evening after-party at the New York Public Library with live performances by DJ Inquisitive and the Good Karma band on select Friday and Saturday nights.

            Wet Maze and Rainbow Reef at Adventure Cove Waterpark

            Adventure Cove Waterpark - Wet Maze 2

            Where: Adventure Cove Waterpark, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway

            Date: Daily

            Time: 10am – 6pm

            Price: Regular admission at $36 (adult) and $26 (child)

            For exhilarating water play, visitors can splash down to the new Wet Maze at Adventure Cove Waterpark. This two-level obstacle course features twists and turns that are brimming with sneaky water blasters, water sprays and even a mid-air ropes course for visitors to navigate the terrain. For a total underwater immersion, adventure-seekers can go snorkelling amongst 20,000 colourful fish at Rainbow Reef, plunge down high-speed water slides or simply laze the day away drifting on a lazy river.

            Morning with Dolphins

            June school holidays

            Where: Dolphin Island, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway

            Date: First Sunday of every month starting from 5 June 2016

            Time: 8.45pm to 12pm

            Cost: $108 (adult) and $88 (child

            Programme includes admission to Dolphin Island, S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark

            Those looking to embark on a learning adventure in the water can join the Morning with Dolphins programme. Kick-start the day with a light breakfast followed by a dolphin interaction programme which includes up-close encounters with the dolphins while learning about their behaviour, diets and the special bonds between the marine mammals and their trainers. As part of the programme, visitors can also meet Isabelle the dolphin calf and enjoy free access to Adventure Cove Waterpark and S.E.A. Aquarium.

            Manatee madness

            June school holidays

            Where: River Safari, 80 Mandai Lake, Singapore 729826

            Dates: 5, 11, 19, 25 June

            Time: 9.30am – 11.00am

            Maximum capacity: 30pax

            Price: $18 per pax

            Note: Behind-the-scenes tour is open to sign ups only and subject to availability

            This is a great opportunity for the kids to get up close with adorable manatees. Held at the River Safari, visitors will get to enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour where they will get to see the manatees undergo medical training, helping in the food preparation process, and trying their hand at feeding the animals. There’s also the opportunity to learn about manatee care and how to keep these aquatic mammals healthy and happy. For more information on Manatee Madness, click here.

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              It is not easy operating a food business and it’s true even for digital counterparts. To differentiate from similar services, The Minute List, is positioning itself as Singapore’s first video-driven, curated restaurant guide.

              A quick browse through their online website shows a series of short, well produced videos of chefs speaking about their passion, craft and the concept behind their food and restaurant. If anything, these videos seems to be part entertainment and part chef insights. You get to see straight-talking and raw energy of leading chefs in Singapore, which will clue you in on what to expect at their restaurant.

              To further differentiate itself from the pack, The Minute List is presenting the ‘Chef Table Experience’, a series of special dining events offered by some of Singapore’s hippest restaurants from 12 April to 11 May. To participate, all you need to do is to drop an email to the respective restaurant to reserve yourself a seat.

              What to expect at the Chef Table Experience

              The experience varies from restaurant to restaurant but it includes being the first to sample newly created dishes, sharing of the inspiration behind the restaurants’ signatures dishes, as well as Head Chef sessions where they share insider tips on their personal cooking playbook.

              Participating restaurants include burger joint, MEATliquor, British-inspired gastro pub, Oxwell & Co, Thai street-food restaurant, Long Chim and Spanish-Japanese tapas bar, BAM! The ‘Chef Table Experience’ is the first in a series of gourmet experiences introduced by The Minute List. They have plans to extend future sessions to bars and coffee shops featuring leading mixologists and baristas in Singapore.

              Here are some of the exclusive sessions to consider:


              Cult English burger joint MEATliquor’s head chef Andrea Cruise is organising a session to share her insights into MEATliquor’s beguiling history, and bring you through their iconic burgers as well as introducing exclusive new specials.

              MEATliquor Singapore

              Date: 12th April (Tuesday), 6pm onwards and 26th April (Tuesday), 6pm onwards
              Price: S$40++ per person
              Menu on offer: Donkey Punch cocktail on arrival, devilled eggs, Shambal and buffalo wings for starters, choice of cheese, bacon or green chili burger as mains and cookies & cream cake for dessert.
              Save a seat at: [email protected]

              Oxwell & Co

              Known for its eye-catching interior and its modern take on British gastro-food, Oxwell & Co’s session is a three-course meal that starts with a glass of bubbly at its rooftop garden.
              Oxwell & Co

              Date: 27th April 2016 (Wednesday), 6pm onwards
              Price: $95++ per person
              Menu on offer: Starters of beef tartare. Cured Mackerel and Tiger Prawns. The main dish is a 28-day dry aged charcoal roast beef with sides. Lemons Possets with house made shortbread for dessert
              Save a seat at: [email protected]

              Long Chim

              Long Chim serves authentic Thai street food created by celebrity chef David Thompson. The session showcases how the restaurant marries modern ingredients to the well-loved Southeast Asian cuisine with Head Chef ‘Ommo’ Yingyod Raktham.
              Long Chim Thai Restaurant

              Dates: 16th April 2016 (Saturday), 8pm, 20th April 2016 (Wednesday), 7.30pm, 29th April 2016 (Friday), 8.30pm and 4th May 2016 (Wednesday), 7pm
              Price: $120++ per person; wine package available for additional $45
              Menu on offer: Selection of starters, Chef’s choice of signature dishes along with surprise additions, Chef’s selections of Long Chim desserts and signature cocktail.
              Save a seat at: [email protected]


              Better known as Chef Pepe, Jose Moncayo at BAM! explains how he marries Japanese techniques into the Spanish small plates.
              BAM! Tapas-Sake Bar

              Date: 11th April 2016 (Monday), 6pm – 8pm, 12th April 2016 (Tuesday), 6pm – 8pm
              Price: $128 ++/ $188++ per person, additional $90 for sake pairing.
              Menu on offer: Omakase 8 course dinner consisting of 7 tapas plates, 1 dessert and a complimentary cocktail.
              Save a seat at: [email protected]

              Find out more about The Minute List here: www.theminutelist.com

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                Fallen Fruit by Operation Dagger

                Always wanted to do some serial bar hopping? There’s no better time to do it than during The Singapore Cocktail Week 2016, taking place between 12-19 March 2016.

                This year’s Cocktail festival is twice as big with some 60 venues participating. During the 8-day festival, ticket holders get to try signature cocktails at participating bars at a discounted price of $14++ each. Cheaper drinks aside, ticket holders also get access to the opening party as well as other exclusive events during the period, in addition to a 10% discount on the workshops, bar tours, brunches and supper clubs.

                Mai tai by Sugarhall at Singapore Cocktail Week 2016
                Mai tai by Sugarhall
                12 Miles to Heaven by Club Street Social at Singapore Cocktail Week 2016
                12 Miles to Heaven by Club Street Social

                The tickets come in the form of wristbands — a different colour for each day of the festival. The set of 8 wristbands costs $38. Get 15% discount if you book before noon, 29 February.

                singapore cocktail week 2016
                Your ticket to discounted drinks and events

                Here are 3 events at this year’s festival that really got us excited.

                Cocktail Tasting in Complete Darkness

                Singapore Cocktail Week 2016

                We can’t wait to check out the cocktail tasting at Nox where you’ll get to dine and knock back four signature cocktails in complete darkness. The idea is to let your heightened sense of smell and taste take over the experience. You might want to grab a date for this one.

                Where: NOX – Dine in the Dark Restaurant
                269 Beach Rd Singapore 19954
                Date: Sunday, 13 March 2016 – Thursday, 17 March 2016
                Time: First seating – 6pm, Last Seating – 9pm
                Price: S$60 nett

                Hendrick’s Murder Mystery Night

                singapore cocktail week 2016

                Dalton Punch by The Powder Room at Singapore Cocktail Week 2016
                Dalton Punch by The Powder Room

                A little fun and games over tipple never hurts anyone. Join in the fun at Hendrick’s Murder Mystery Night held at The Powder Room where you’ll come dressed as your invitation’s character. Enjoy the delicious cocktail concocations there but stay sharp so as to solve the murder mystery. Prizes will be given out to the the best dressed and best actor or actress.

                Where: The Powder Room
                19 Cecil Street Singapore 049704
                Date: Monday 14 March 2016
                Time: 7-10pm
                Price: S$100++

                Setting up your craft cocktail bar at home

                singapore cocktail week 2016

                singapore cocktail week 2016

                Make cocktail week a weekly affair in the comfort of your home. Hosted by Bar Stories head mixologist David Koh, the workshop will cover some cocktails you can whip up using common kitchen techniques, complete with information on the equipment you’ll need. A must for hardcore cocktail lovers.

                Where: Bar Stories
                Level 2, 57A Haji Lane Singapore 189248
                Date: Saturday, 19 March 2016
                Time: 4.30pm
                Price: S$55

                Buy your wristbands here.

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                  Kagoshima Wagyu Roast Beef by Kagoshima Kyodo Food
                  Kagoshima Wagyu Roast Beef by Kagoshima Kyodo Food

                  The 4th edition of Oishii Japan returns to Singapore this October featuring 300 exhibitors from 42 prefectures in Japan. There are a total of 47 prefectures in Japan, so practically the whole of Japan is represented at the event. One of ASEAN’s largest dedicated Japanese food and beverage showcase, Oishii Japan 2015 will present over 500 new types of Japanese seasonal produce, prefecture specialties as well as latest food innovations and technologies. For the alcoholics at GrateNews (wait, is it just me?), our eyes lit up when we saw that the event will also bring in 36 varieties of Honkaku Shochu (本格焼酎) and Awamori (泡盛).

                  Held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre and visitors can look forward to sampling a wide range of natural produce from Japan. From the freshest vegetables and fruits to premium grade meats and seafood, the event will also be stocked full of condiments, confectionaries, snacks, delicatessen foods and desserts. Some unique items at the event include persimmons and melons from Aichi prefecture, Sanuki Olive-fed Wagyu Beef from Kagawa, red snow crabs from the southern prefecture of Tottori and Southern Bluefin Tuna Sashimi from Kagoshima.

                  French Burger by Hattendo Co Ltd
                  French Burger by Hattendo Co Ltd
                  Jyounamagasi (Japanese Sweets) from Koshiyamashouten Co Ltd
                  Jyounamagasi (Japanese Sweets) from Koshiyamashouten Co Ltd
                  Kyoto Beef Miyabi Sirloin by Ginkakuji Onishi Co Ltd
                  Kyoto Beef Miyabi Sirloin by Ginkakuji Onishi Co Ltd

                  Shochu Tasting

                  One of Oishii Japan 2015 highlights is shochu, a popular drink in Japan and one of the national spirits of Japan. Featuring Honkaku Shochu (本格焼酎) and Awamori (泡盛), visitors can learn about this versatile drink and pick up tips on how to serve and enjoy shochu through workshops and tasting sessions. Honkaku Shochu is a single distillation shochu that is rich in flavour and very aromatic whereas Awamori is a shochu unique to Okinawa and typically made from long grain indica rice. Both ranges are pretty potent and alcohol level can reach a high 60% for some brands. The event will also feature various Japanese wine, liqueur, sake and whiskey.

                  “I was surprised to learn that not many in this part of the region have tried shochu, a popular alcoholic
                  beverage in Japan and one of its national spirits. As the largest dedicated Japanese F&B showcase in
                  ASEAN, we want to shine the spotlight on the lesser-known yet important aspects of Japanese cuisine
                  and culture. Hence, we have decided to introduce this national spirit at this year’s event,” said Mr Nishida, Director of Oishii Japan.

                  Live tuna-cutting demonstration

                  We were told that there is also a whole tuna cutting demonstration. Without having to fly to Japan and trot to Tsukiji Fish Market at 4am, visitors can witness the rare event of watching a trained Japanese chef deftly carve, fillet and slice an entire tuna flown in from Ehime Prefecture.

                  Food innovations and technologies

                  And if you are F&B owner looking to up your productivity, Oishii Japan 2015 also brought in the latest food innovations and technologies from Japan designed to increase efficiency, from food preparation to manufacturing and packaging. For example, there is the world’s smallest Gyoza making machine that folds 1,500 pieces of Gyoza in an hour and the world’s smallest Nigiri Sushi machine that rolls about 1,200 pieces of sushi per hour. The entire GrateNews team most certainly will not be able to roll even 100 pieces of sushi in an hour.

                  Oishii Japan 2015 event details

                  Date and opening hours:
                  Trade: 22-23 October 2015, 10.00am to 5.30pm daily
                  Public: 24 October 2015, 11.00am to 4.30pm

                  Halls 405-406, Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

                  You can purchase tickets at S$4 per person at oishii-world.com. Admission is free for children 12 years and below. For more information, visit oishii-world.com.