Lifestyle: Food-O-Philia 2013

While award-winning British chef Gordon Ramsey’s face-off with three famed local hawkers was the talk of the town last weekend, we think that Food-O-Philia 2013 is one event you foodies shouldn’t be missing out on.

As the name suggests, Food-O-Philia 2013 is a buffet spread of talks, movie screenings, music and photography exhibitions centered upon the most inextricable component of the Singapore culture. A vibrant fete of arts and culture, it seeks to explore the relationship between our food and national identity and will be something that pleases even the most curious of palates.

edible lit
W&T visited The Arts House last weekend for “Edible Lit: The Exhibition”, which showcased 30 original works sieved out from 100 entries submitted by the public in response to an open call earlier this year. Far from just being beautiful pictures of delicious food, these pieces are recreations of food scenes from literature like “The Merchant of Venice” and invokes thoughts about the enduring relationship between the two popular art forms. It is also most inspiring to see how words are transformed into pictures.

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A scene from local movie “Sweet Dreams and Turtle Soup”.

We are also looking forward to discussions chaired by local connoisseurs on how the local food scene is evolving as well as screening of local food-themed movies like “Sweet Dreams and Turtle Soup” which is a coming-of-age film about a 16-year-old girl and her dreams of escaping work at her mother’s turtle soup stall.

So if you’re planning to ditch the usual eat-shop-movie routine this weekend, we think this would be one place you’d want to be. Visit Food-O-Philia 2013 and plan away!