Singapore Cocktail Festival returns in May with new award for young bartenders
The annual event will run from May 15 to 22, with a new fest village at Bayfront Event Space and the inaugural BarStar Award.
This year’s Singapore Cocktail Festival (SGCF) will be held from May 15 to 22 – and it will have a new home and a new competition.
The event’s festival village will now be at the outdoor Bayfront Event Space next to Marina Bay Sands, where people can congregate for some merry-making for the first three days.
At the venue, visitors can expect to sample drinks from bars such as Shanghai’s Hope & Sesame and Singapore’s The Old Man, and listen to talks under the #SGCFBarAcademy.
They can also drop by a gin pavilion featuring the likes of Brass Lion Distillery, Hendrick’s Gin, Monkey 47, Tanglin Gin and Roku Gin; a whisky and rum pavilion featuring brands such as BenRiach, Glenglassaugh, Havana Club, Maker’s Mark, Monkey Shoulder, Old Forester and Woodford Reserve; an area with 24 of Singapore bars such as CÉ LA VI, CIN CIN and Mitzo Restaurant & Bar; and a tasting room for artisanal spirits from around the world. There will also be live music and DJ sets, as well as a food area.
“We are always looking for new ways to excite our fans, so the migration of the Festival Village was a natural step to take. With a bigger venue that is hallmarked by Singapore’s beautiful city skyline,” said SGCF co-founder Wai Mayleng, in a press release.
The 2020 edition will also see the inaugural BarStar Award for young bartenders. The competition will be for those 28 years old and below, who will be tasked to create a cocktail inspired by the neighbourhood of the bar they represent.
The winning bartender will be part of an SGCF pop-up in Asia next year. Meanwhile, festival-goers can also try out the competition cocktails at the finalists’ respective bars.
Regarding the new competition, fest co-founder Ivy Woo said: “In the last five years, SGCF has successfully placed Singapore on the world cocktail map. We feel now it is the right time for us to take a step back and look at what we can do for the industry here. Last year, we introduced #SGCFBarAcademy as a platform to inspire and invigorate the community. This year, with the launch of the BarStar Award, we hope to do our part in grooming passionate, homegrown talents who will continue to place us at the top of our game.”
Last year’s edition drew around 8,500 attendees. Before this year's festival kicks off, the Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony will be held on May 14.
Outside of the fest village, there will be promotions and events taking place across 45 participating bars and restaurants throughout the city from May 18 to 22. There will also be bar tours available – that’s four cocktail venues in one night – and booking starts Mar 15.
The Singapore Cocktail Festival will run from May 15 to 22. For more details, including early bird tickets, visit www.singaporecocktailfestival.com.