Time to get down at funky town

Natural wine is enjoying a boom here. While joints like Wine RVLT, Le Bon Funk and Open Farm Community have been the easy (and only) go-to places to get your natural wine fix, there has never been a full-on celebration of the vino void of nasty chemicals (and full of good living microbes)—until now.

Come Apr 13-15 (Sat-Mon), famed Parisian natural winemakers collective, Vivent Les Vins Libre (meaning “Live Free Wine”), will make its way to Singapore for the very first time, bringing to our shores a three-day revelry surrounding all that is good and natural. It’s the second Asian city to ever host the celebrations, following the annual showcase in Hong Kong, as well as in other major cities worldwide like Amsterdam, New York and Montreal.

The affair here begins slowly—just like in natural winemaking—with a weekend best spent at participating restaurants like Bochinche, Tippling Club and Ding Dong for natural wine pairing dinners.

Then on Monday, the real party happens. Chase away the blues with glasses of red, white and orange from 6pm till late at newly opened travelling pop-up natural wine bar Drunken Farmer, which is now sharing the same space as Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari.

There, check out offerings from 19 natural wine producers from around the world, then line your stomach with nosh from Bochinche and Tiong Bahru Bakery as DJ Titus spins upbeat tracks to get you groovin. There has never been a better time to go au naturel.

Vivent Les Vins Libre Festival 2019 takes place Apr 13-14 at various restaurants islandwide, and Apr 15, 6pm-late at Drunken Farmer, 130E Minden Rd.