Singapore Coffee Festival: Social media said it sucked. The Straits Times said it’s awesome.
We have trust issues.
We recommend you a shot of espresso for this one.
Hipster event Singapore Coffee Festival, complete with hipster logo and featuring the usual hipster suspects, started last Thursday but closed its third day of operations with a barrage of negative reviews on its Facebook page.
The festival — presented by DBS, organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings and hosted by The Straits Times — was apparently attended by 10,000 hipsters (more of this later) on Saturday, June 11.
It didn’t get the love of those hipsters, though.
The event is rated 1.6 out of 5 on its Facebook page and out of the 81 reviews, 64 (and counting) of them are 1-star reviews.
As usual, here are the best 1-star reviews.
One complained it’s worse than a pasar malam
Point form was all she could muster.
It’s simple math, guys.
At least there was a festive mood. Heck, it’s a festival, after all.
If only you could turn back time.
For a moment, he thought it was organised by SMRT.
Drinking from the plastic bag IS the Singapore kopi experience leh.
The most polite 1-star review.
Look, someone replied!
She summed it up nicely.
Here’s an official statement by the organisers in response to the flak:
And now, we turn our attention to what The Straits Times reported on Saturday.
Consider the headline and photo used.
“Success” in headline? Check. Smiling barista? Check. Feel good, positive AF story? Check.
Here’s how they talked about the crowding situation:
The unanticipated turnout prompted organisers to stop ticket sales at the door at 2pm, when lines to get into the festival snaked down the corridor of the F1 Pit Building where the festival is being held. Tickets will not be sold on Sunday either.
Inside, crowds filled the festival’s two storeys, flocking to their favourite cafes and coffee vendors, including Common Man Coffee Roasters and Stranger’s Reunion.
Sure, a turnout of 10,000 people can be defined a success. Yet, despite the “crowds” that “filled the festival’s two storeys” in the F1 pit building, the reporter was sadly only able to interview ONE attendee, who admitted that the festival was “a bit too crowded”.
Though she felt the festival was a bit too crowded, coffee lover Ms Lai Yan, 19, says she enjoyed the event. “I am surprised by how many vendors are here, it’s a good variety. There is something for everyone, if you like making coffee at home or if you are someone who just likes to drink coffee, like me,” she says.
Guess there’s no way for us to know unless we head down for the festival ourselves. Oh well, a kopi c kosong from the neighbourhood kopitiam should suffice.
Top photo from Singapore Coffee Festival 2016 Facebook page.