The caffeine-fuelled line-up at this year's Singapore Coffee Festival is strong. Over 60 exhibitors - including coffee purveyors, equipment distributors and cafes - will take part in the fest's second edition.
The event will be held from Aug 3 to 6 at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, a stone's throw from the Marina South Pier MRT Station.
The Singapore Coffee Festival is organised by The Straits Times and presented by DBS Bank.
First-time exhibitors include Really Really Fresh Coffee, which sells freshly roasted beans, and 1degreec Cold Brew Coffee, which distributes cold brews such as blue pea tea blended from blue pea flowers.
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Among dining additions are choux pastry shop Ollella from Petain Road, Butterknife Folk patisserie from River Valley Road, The Refinery restaurant-bar from King George's Avenue and Jubilee Coffee House & Bar from Netheravon Road.
Not a coffee fan? Check out local tea firm Gryphon and premium bubble tea joint Boba Brew.
The first day has been set aside for trade and media (pre-registration required). To enhance the experience, the remaining days - Aug 4 to 6 - will be divided into two sessions: brunch (10am to 3.30pm) and sundown (4.30 to 10pm).
Where: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61, Marina Coastal Drive.
When: Aug 3 for trade and media only (register at www.sgcoffeefestival.com). Aug 4 to 6, 10am to 3.30pm and 4.30 to 10pm daily.
Admission: Early birds until June 11: $17, $15 (DBS and POSB cardholders, ST subscribers). From June 12: $22, $18 (DBS and POSB cardholders, ST subscribers).
The early-bird ticket period has been extended until June 11. These tickets go for $17 a person. DBS and POSB cardholders and ST subscribers get a further discount, paying $15 a person. From June 12, a standard ticket will cost $22 a person.
Those who buy their tickets early will have a shot at joining an exclusive cafe-hopping trail on June 17. On from 10am to 6pm, it will cover four cafes taking part in the festival.
Participants can go on a roasting tour at Chye Seng Huat Hardware in Tyrwhitt Road, grab a cuppa at Jewel Coffee in GSH Plaza in Cecil Street, have an espresso at Caffe Vergnano 1882 in South Beach Avenue, and learn to make a "flat white" espresso at Common Man Coffee Roasters in Martin Road. Snacks, drinks and transport will be provided, as participants mingle with baristas and The Straits Times food reporters.
To snag a slot on the trail, buy an early-bird ticket and post a top-down photo of cups of coffee on your Instagram account, with a story of a memorable coffee-drinking moment. Add hashtags #sgcoffeefest and #scf17cafehop. Entries should be submitted by noon on June 5. Ten winners will be picked.
Other event sponsors include Singtel, Nespresso and Princess Cruises. Said Ms Diana Chen, Singtel's vice-president of mobile marketing (consumer Singapore): "We are delighted to be part of a festival that celebrates Singapore's vibrant coffee scene. We look forward to providing free WiFi and lots of family activities at the event."