Singapore Food Festival, Melbourne

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This time each year, for close to three decades, the Singapore Food Festival has dished up one of Southeast Asia’s best-known culinary celebrations. But for those who can’t jump on a plane to catch the real deal, Windsor’s Hawker Hall is serving up a local fix, with its own Singapore Food Festival running from Wednesday, August 24–Sunday, September 11.

Across the two-and-a-half weeks, you’ll be able to sate your travel cravings with riffs on classic Singaporean dishes, such as spicy seafood laksa, chilli lobster with fluffy mantou steamed buns, hawker-style barbecue wings and rojak fruit lettuce

Hawker Hall

Meanwhile, the bar has created two festival-exclusive cocktails to pair with your hawker feast, including the tequila- and umeshu-infused Cala Chameleon, and a tweaked Singapore Sling featuring gin, pineapple, cherry brandy, benedictine and curacao.

And on Saturday, September 10, Hawker Hall Head Chef Andrea Kok leads a yum cha cooking class for those keen to learn how to recreate the magic at home. Tickets are $99 (available online), which includes a hefty post-class hawker feast.

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