Singapore bridge transforms into Victorian style pop-up gourmet event

Singapore bridge transforms into Victorian style pop-up gourmet event

SINGAPORE - Clarke Quay transformed Singapore's historical Read Bridge into a Victorian-style dining setting to celebrate its first-ever gourmet pop-up event 'A Midsummer Night's Feast' on June 5.

Fifteen of its top restaurants such as IndoChine, Kuro, The Pumproom and Peony Jade served up their signature dishes with wine compliments by The Italian Wine list at the invite-only event held along the Singapore River.

Celebrities, personalities, socialites, bloggers and media guests got to savour a 10-course wine-pairing degustation menu at the secretive event, whose location was only revealed after the guests registered at the event.

Socialite Dr Georgia Lee arrived in a knee-length cream-coloured gown with flower embellishments, with her husband as her date, while DJ Rosalyn Lee showed up in black jeans and top, together with statement white boots.

Before dinner commenced, guests indulged in cocktails crafted by special guest mixologists, The Flow Boys, and got into the fun atmosphere at the photo booth, as well as trying their luck at the fortune cookie dip to win prizes. Free tattoos and Shiseido make-up stations were also available for guests to get primped up for the festivities.

Light bites were prepared by Beer Market and Forbidden City before the dinner began. Beer Market whipped up three bite-sized dishes including a seafood shooter featuring crab meat mixed with Tiger's Radler Beer. Forbidden City served eight Asian-style hors d'oeuvres inspired by ingredients from the region.

The 10-course menu featured Clarke Quay's dining establishments' finest dishes with an array of cuisines ranging from Australian, Japanese to Indian.

Paired up with the Chianti "Natio" organic red wine, Kiwi and Fern's rack of lamb with pinot noir-infused honey rosemary sauce was a crowd favourite. The feast ended with a dessert buffet of cakes, pie and pastry treats designed by Bushells and tcc - The Connoisseur Concerto.

As the guests enjoyed the dishes, they were also serenaded by a capella group Vocaluptuous. Dressed in sleek suits and ties, the vocal group sang a number of songs, including a hip-hop tune by popular South Korean band, BigBang.

The gastronomical event was to showcase the nightlife spot's strength as a dining destination, said Ms Tanya Fum, centre manager for Clarke Quay. They will be kick-starting the on-going "Unexpected Gourmet Series" next year which is opened to the public.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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