We were most delighted to be invited to the Singapore Teochew Festival, which is organized in conjunction with the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan’s grand 85th anniversary celebrations in Singapore. The husband is a Teochew which makes our kids little Teochews. So this is one excellent opportunity for the kids to learn more about the Teochew culture!
Food & Beverage:
With 15 Shantou and local vendors producing a wide array of mouth-watering Teochew fare, foodies are going to have a field of a day trying them out!
Some of the Teochew munch we got to taste: fried kway teow with preserved radish from Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine (dragonlady LOVED this!), Teochew buns, siew mai and crystal dumplings from Swatow Seafood Restaurant, and Mi Qi 米琪甜品 – a dessert specialist that serves sweet yam paste, roasted yam and sweet potatoes.
Teochew chefs from Singapore – Chefs Daniel Koh, Eric Low and Heman Tan will be conducting 90-minute Teochew cuisine cooking demonstrations, with tasting sessions after the classes.
Get to learn more about the art of gongfu tea rituals and tea tasting!
Arts & Crafts:
The Teochews are well known for their skills in 3D-embroidery, porcelain and ceramics, as well as wood carving.
Check out the art of lantern making as well!
Get to learn more about customary Teochew weddings!
Culture & Heritage:
Talents from Shantou will be in Singapore for the first time providing daily live performances.
Look forward to:
Teochew opera by young performers
Classically trained from a very young age, these cherubic talents from the award-winning Xiao Mei Hua Opera Troupe 小梅花艺术团 in Shantou, China will charm all with eye-opening and flawless performances. A troupe of 12 performers will be entertaining guests with classic pieces.
Teochew cross talks
A rare sight in modern Singapore, cross talks are typically fast paced and witty exchanges between two actors that leave audiences in fits of laughter. The public can look forward to stellar acts by the Shantou Performing Arts Society 汕头市曲艺家协会艺术团.
Singapore Teochew Festival presented by Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan
Dates: 25 September to 5 October 2014 (daily)
Time: 11am to 10pm
Venue: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Price: $5 per person (entry only, inclusive of GST)