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Theatre meets confectionery in candy spectacle Fantasia

Christian Escriba does a Willy Wonka with a chocolate waterfall and life-sized creations

Published on Aug 22, 2014 8:18 PM
Elephant from the Nature theme, made of sugar paste, chocolate, meringue and pastries, in Fantasia by Escriba, a chocolate wonderland set up by Christian Escriba and his wife Patricia. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

It is Peter Pan's fantasy meets Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in a weird and whimsical sugar wonderland called Fantasia by Escriba, the brainchild of pastry chefs Christian Escriba and his wife Patricia Schmidt.

They have built, among other things, an 8.5m-tall chocolate waterfall dripping with four tonnes of lush liquid Callebaut chocolate and a 5m-tall elephant made with sugar paste, chocolate, meringue and pastries.

This theatrical candy wonderland runs from today until Sunday at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre Halls D and E.

This is chef Escriba's version of Neverland, as the 52-year-old likens himself to Peter Pan.

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Where: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Halls D and E, Basement 2

When: Today, 7 to 11pm; Tomorrow and Sunday, 11am to 3pm, 5 to 9pm; Midnight@Fantasia tomorrow, 10.30pm to 2am; Escriba Academy@Fantasia, today, 7 to 8.30pm, 9.30 to 11pm; Tomorrow and Sunday, 11am to 12.30pm, 1.30 to 3pm, 5 to 6.30pm, 7.30 to 9pm

Price: $128 (adult), $88 (child); Midnight@Fantasia from $38 to $188 (with champagne); $188 (Escriba Academy@Fantasia masterclass), from $286 (includes entrance to Fantasia)

Info: Call 6602-9900 or go to