An industrial building has been repurposed to house a food and art festival that celebrates all things local. Wong Pei Ting gives you the lowdown on nine things to see, eat, and do.

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The new Tasty Plaza on MacTaggart Rd

This is big. Homegrown design agencies ONG&ONG Experience Design, Tofu, Hjgher, and Kult, have combined forces with 8@ate Productions to spark the first edition of Creatory  a food and art festival that takes place from 23-24 August. The festival brings together about 60 of Singapore’s chefs and creative movers and shakers for two days of live art installations, DJ and music performances, feasting, and workshops.

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More than 60 local brands will be represented at the event

Here’s a lowdown on nine things to see, eat, and do:

1. Creatory x Morsels five-course degustation supper

Jump the queue with this rooftop dinner on 22 August, featuring a Californian-inspired five-course smoked degustation menu (paired with wine) by the chef-owners of Morsels. This will be their last cook out (or rather, smoke out) before they go on a two-week hiatus to represent Singapore in Copenhagen with their mod-Sin creations.

2. Creatory x Tippling Club five-course wine pairing dinner

40 diners will experience Tippling Club’s avant-garde refinement for a night when Chef Ryan Clift presents a five-course dinner to pair with a flight of Penfolds wines from Australia. Highlights on the menu include a red snapper green curry; wagyu short rib with fermented artichoke, black garlic, and vinegar; and a starter of crab and jamon.

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Tippling Club's chef Ryan Clift

3. Park Bench Deli

Lolla’s Ming Tan and Kyle Henderson unite with The Cajun Kings’ Andrei Soen to form a one-night only partnership known as Park Bench Deli. Together, they will dish out ‘next-level sandwiches’. Think delightfully sinful sandwiches overloaded with pork belly — and more. 

4. Janice Wong x Desinere installation

Walk through a food-art installation in a chiller room that houses Melvin Ong’s paper pleated clouds alongside fluffy marshmallows and other edible art by pastry extraordinaire Janice Wong — owner of 2am: dessert bar.

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Dessert chef Janice Wong and furniture designer Melvin Ong

5. Mud Rock x Jeremy Nguee Sunday brunch

Mud Rock Ceramics Studio and Preparazzi’s chef Jeremy Nguee will get together for a cooking experiment on the roof to explore the "primordial nature of food," as shared by Preparazzi on their Facebook. Mysterious.

6. Bjorn Shen x Damian D’Silva Sunday barbeque

Artichoke’s chef-owner Bjorn Shen will collaborate with Immigrant Gastrobar’s chef Damian D’Silva to present dishes such as cornish hen ayam bakar, sambal stuffed squid, intercostal meat satay, and double-cooked pork ribs.

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Immigrant Gastrobar’s chef Damian D’Silva and Artichoke’s chef-owner Bjorn Shen

7. A.muse Projects x GSH Conserves ‘Tea Jamming’

Explore the connection between teas and jams with local artisanal tea company A.muse Projects and jam-crafter GSH Conserves. After these sessions, you can choose to stay on for a microgreens workshop by The Wholesome Co where you will learn how to grow your own pots of herbs and garnishes. 

8. Singapore hotdog by &SONS

In a nod to the local theme of Creatory, bacaro &SONS will be dreaming up a Singapore hotdog dressed with soy-braised prime beef chilli, red chilli padi, coriander, and parsley.

9. Take in the massiveness of it all

In a giant potluck of sorts, you can pique your interest with more offerings by other participating local start-ups in the areas of food, music, art, design, architecture, entertainment, beverage and retail. Expect to discover the following brands and companies: Art Loft, Bettr Barista, Big Ass Fans, Carte Postale, Charlie & Co., DJ KFC, DJ Oliver Osborne, DJ Zig Zach, Food For Thought, GoGorilla, Haystakt, Hunters Kitchenette, Jugoo Juice, Kilo, Kith, Magpie, Makers of Singapore, Mr. Has, Naiise, Pop Trash, Proof & Co., Syndicate, The Arm Collective, The Edible Co., The Ice Cream & Cookie Co., The Panic Room SG, The Traveling C.O.W., The U Press, Thieves Market, Tyrwhitt General Company, Uber, Xtra.

Tasty Plaza. 37 MacTaggart Rd. Tel: 6513 1436.