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Singapore’s gastronomic landscape is set to be enriched with the return of the “Seafood Loves Sake. 2024” gourmet festival. Now in its fourth year, this culinary event is set to continue the symphony of flavours and pairings, organised by The Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center (JFOODO). The festival, from January 20th to March 17th, 2024, is a tribute to Singapore’s evolving and sophisticated palate of food and wine enthusiasts.
The festival showcases 32 sets of exquisite pairings of seafood and sake, highlighting the harmonious blend of delicate seafood flavours with the elegant profiles of sake. This year’s event introduces various sake types, including aromatic, smooth, refreshing, rich with umami, aged with a nutty fragrance, and the emerging naturally sparkling varieties. This diversity in sake selection opens up a world of pairing possibilities, offering a unique taste experience that is innovative and rooted in Japanese tradition.
The 2024 edition of “Seafood Loves Sake” features 16 renowned restaurants in Singapore, including the prestigious Three Michelin-starred ODETTE and two other One Michelin-starred establishments, Tess Bar & Kitchen and WHITEGRASS. Each participating restaurant will offer unique menus, emphasising the impeccable pairing of sake and seafood. These menus are not just meals; they are culinary journeys carefully curated to showcase the best of both worlds.
Mr. Tetsuya Ito, Senior Director of JFOODO, expressed his pleasure about the event, stating, “We are excited to present the Seafood Loves Sake. 2024, an elevated pairing informed by experts. With guidance from sommeliers and the culinary expertise of distinguished chefs, this exceptional collaboration promises to deliver a truly splendid combination of sake and seafood.”
Why Singapore Food and Wine Lovers Should Be Excited
Singapore, known for its diverse and vibrant culinary scene, is an excellent backdrop for “Seafood Loves Sake. 2024” This festival, a dining experience, explores flavours, textures, and aromas. It’s an opportunity for food and wine lovers in Singapore to delve into the intricate world of sake and seafood pairings, guided by some of the best chefs and sommeliers in the country.
The festival’s lineup of participating restaurants, each with its unique culinary style and approach, ensures attendees have a wide range of experiences. The list of participating restaurants includes Bar Cicheti, CAVIAR, Foliage, Juice, Lerouy, Luka Italian, Morsels, NOU, ODETTE, Open Farm Community, Restaurant Khiri, terra Tokyo Italian, Tess Bar & Kitchen, The Oyster Bank Tanjong Pagar, Trattoria di La D’Oro and WHITEGRASS. It’s an event that promises to leave an indelible mark on Singapore’s culinary calendar, offering an experience that is both enlightening and delightful. ◼
© This article was first published online in Jan 2024 – World Travel Magazine.