Foodie Market returned for a second year last week, bigger and better than ever. Hordes of people came to the market ravenous and grumpy about the weather but left with a smile, a belly full of great food and drink, as well as enough food to bring home to last till the next Foodie Market. This is thanks to our illustrious line-up of vendors, who put together a wonderful feast beyond our imagination.
The cactus beer from Bel-Boy Express was a hit, as were hmv's sliders
We started off the day with some much-needed carbs to curb our insatiable hunger, like the perfectly crispy loaves from Levain Bakery and the signature king crab po' boys dished up by Dutch Harbor Crab. Croissants and sarnies in hand, we grabbed an artisanal coffee from Porch The Coffee Merchants to ease us into the eating marathon.
Admiring the perfectly baked loaves from Levain Bakery
The Meat Sweats
That was when the we caught a sniff of Golden Pig's British sausages grilled on the spot and continued our meat rampage through Fat Legs' BBQ's delicious Thai grilled treats and NOSH by Secret Ingredient's Greek-marinated chicken. Chilli Fagara blew our heads off Sichuan style with their spicy chicken bites and Invisible Kitchen impressed us all with their 'perfect fried chicken', which was cooked sous vide and then flash fried for the perfect balance of juicy chicken meat and crisp coating. New Korean on the block Bib N Hops got the crowds queueing for their chicken skewers and bibimbap and La Boucherie tempted us all with their sizzling sausages.
La Boucherie made our mouths water with their delicious grilled sausages
The guilt started to kick in, so we began our search for something to balance out the meaty protein overload. We sipped on some of Catch Juicery's nutritious cold-pressed juices paired with some fantastic salads from Anything But Salads and healthy Pololi poke bowls before moving onto ROOT's herbal teas and Taboocha's locally brewed kombucha to soothe our stomachs in preparation for the next round of feasting.
Roots Food made their debut at Foodie Market, serving locally produced baked goods, scallion oil and herbal tea
Ending our eight-hour fiesta on a sweet note, we gorged ourselves with vegan-friendly doughnuts from The Cake Minstrel and Top Indulgence's inventive brownies. Beating the heat that had clouded us for months all in one go, we drowned ourselves in the natural artisan gelato from XTC Gelato, premium chocolates from The Chocolate Club and all the cookies from Cookieboy, the ones just like Grandma used to make. Absolutely bursting at this point, we also managed to drop by the N*ICE POPS stand for their all-natural, handmade lollies and Sour Times Dairy's locally made fresh yoghurt.
Cake Minstrel had gluten-free doughnuts in bite-sized pieces, so we could justify eating a dozen
We waited until it was a socially acceptable hour for drinking, before going big on Luibao and BottlesXO's high-quality wines, Craftissimo's endless craft beer selection and Bel-Boy Express' amber nectars.
A haven for craft beer lovers with endless varieties from Craftissimo and Bel-Boy Express
Stocking Up with Things to Take Home
With stomachs full, we proceeded to fill our bags full of treats and couldn't leave without The Nutter's naturally handcrafted nut butters and artisanal chocolate from Peacock Fine Foods. There was also a large selection of honey products from Hexapi, excellent pepper to grab from the Tom Hugh stall and top-notch cheese from Ferrarini.
Some of our more studious foodies joined workshops throughout the day to learn about kombucha, kimchi, yoghurt, how to make cheese nests and raw food.
Anything But Salads showing us a raw food demo
Soul Pros, Alikers and Urban Nomad partied it up on the hmv stage
We put on our dancing hats for three great sets at the end of a long day of eating, and we were blown away by the rocking beats of Soul Pros, the soulful voice of Alikers and the fun dancing vibes of Urban Nomad.
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