By Nicole Lee from Weekender, edited by Mothership.sg.
After all the interest in these videos, the Singapore Teochew Festival finally opened its doors on Sept. 25,2014 at Ngee Ann City.
Although it is curated for the masses, this festival is actually innately hipster. Here are three reasons why.
A retro themed event organised in the form of a pop-up? This is something all hipsters will surely approve. The first of its kind, it is no surprise that this festival places a huge emphasis on educating the public about the Teochew roots and heritage, just head down and look at the effort put into decorating every single booth. This is no cookie cutter; this is original. Oh, and it's a collective.
In the next few days, there will be a slew of activities such as Teochew opera by young performers and cultural showcases about the history of the Teochews.
Quaint art pieces
The exhibits will bring you old favourites and trademarks of the Teochew craftsmanship. Expect to see 3D-embroidery, porcelain, ceramics and wood carving. Hipsters, there's a good chance of finding enamelware too. More photo opportunities to score likes on Instagram. Pro tip: remember to use the VSCO Cam.
Glorious handsourced food.
As with any other culture, food plays an important role in Teochew heritage. Be sure to check out the 16 vendors who will be peddling their handsourced grub throughout the festival, with some possibly selling out within the first few days.
Chin lee Restaurant's Pig's Trotter Terrine is something you do not often get to try in Singapore, so be sure to try that. Also not to be missed is the Braised Duck Rice from Jian Ye Restaurant, who specially had the duck flown in just in time for this festival.
Address: Ngee Ann Civic Plaza, Level 1 Outdoor Atrium
Top photo from here.