June holidays are for adults too

Play dress-up at costume party Guilty Pleasures: The Riverdale Special at OverEasy Orchard.
Play dress-up at costume party Guilty Pleasures: The Riverdale Special at OverEasy Orchard.PHOTO: THE LO & BEHOLD GROUP

An inaugural festival hopes to give grown-ups a break with parties, workshops, food and drinks spread across six of The Lo & Behold Group's establishments

It is not just kids who deserve a mid-year break. The adults do, too.

Coming to the rescue of overworked grown-ups in need of some fun is The Lo & Behold Group Festival, which is organised by hospitality company The Lo & Behold Group and will take place next month.

Ms Tania Chan, the group's director of marketing and communications, says: "While the June holidays are full of activities targeting children or students, we feel that the ones who really need a holiday are the grown-ups."

The inaugural festival will have an assortment of parties, workshops and plenty of food and drinks spread across six of the group's establishments from Monday to June 25.

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Kicking things off is a pizza showdown between chefs Bjorn Shen, chef-owner of Artichoke in Middle Road, and Ming Tan, F&B director of healthy food delivery service Grain. The Food Fight will take place at pizzeria Extra Virgin Pizza in Asia Square on June 2. Spectators will get to grab a slice or two for free during the first two hours of the competition.

Those hungry for gastronomic indulgence can tuck into the Bottomless Brunch at Tanjong Beach Club in Sentosa on June 17.

Starting from 11.30am, patrons can chow down on Fine de Claire oysters from France, as well as suckling pig and Australian steaks at the live carving station. The brunch costs $98++. Pay an extra $25++ for an endless flow of booze.

Adults in need of an all-nighter will have three parties to let loose at.

On June 10, there is the glamorous Electroball: The Golden Age of Hollywood at The Black Swan in Cecil Street. The restaurant has partnered lifestyle and events group Sunshine Nation to throw a classy shindig that harks back to the golden age of Hollywood, with performances by drag queens and ragtime jazz and electro-swing beats. Early-bird tickets cost $45.

Those who prefer to dress down can attend the Smack My Beach Up beachside party at Tanjong Beach Club on June 18. British-Japanese DJ Elli Arakawa from Tokyo will spin a mix of deep house and disco.

Fans of Archie comics can dress up as their favourite character or in their best back-to-school outfits at costume party Guilty Pleasures: The Riverdale Special on June 24 at eatery OverEasy Orchard. Riverdale is the fictional town where the Archie comic characters live. Entry is free for the Archie and beach parties, but advance reservations are recommended.

For a more low-key activity, pick up some tips on two different beverages - gin or tea - at garden gin bar The Rabbit Hole in Dempsey on June 8, and reading room and tea salon Looksee Looksee in Beach Road on June 21.

A ticket for the gin workshop costs $98 and it is $65 for the tea workshop.

A total of 350 free food and drink deals will be given away each week from Monday to June 25 as well.

•More details at www.tlbgfest.com

Correction Note: This story has been edited to reflect the correct honorific for Ming Tan. We are sorry for the error.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 26, 2017, with the headline 'June holidays are for adults too'. Print Edition | Subscribe