Bring your own empty baskets

The awareness surrounding conscious living has been steadfastly rising in Singapore, with both existing and new establishments taking on the sustainability narrative—mirroring the public’s increasing concerns for traceability of the produce. If you consider yourself part of the eco-conscious, you'll be pleased to know that Singapore’s largest farm-to people festival is back for the second year running, after an encouraging inaugural edition in 2018. This year, Sprout strives to bring growers, food producers and the community together to celebrate the local sustainable agriculture scene.

From May 11-12, Sprout will be hosting over 90 new and familiar local brands in the community, ranging from farmers and growers to specialty food and artisanal brands, and even propagators of urban farming technology. These names will be spread across six zones: Buy, Eat, Cook, Grow, Play and Learn; each representing a region dedicated to its respective activity.

For the eager shoppers, Buy is where you can pick up fresh produce, with brands such as The Rare Honey Company, Petale Tea and Yocha Kombucha lining the stall displays. Stock up on garden-fresh organic greens direct from producers, items from the Quorn meat-free range, or even non-edibles such as naturally-sourced essential oils. For the plant mums, stop by The 3 Keys and The Botanist & Her Thieves to cop a few intricately-designed pots, planters and mini bonsais for your indoor spaces.

Just as popular will be the Eat section, perfect for filling your tummy with delectable bites from the festival booths and restaurants. Tease your appetite with Crispy Pork Crackling Buns and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Cookies from PlentyFull, or indulge in Takoyaki balls at Yummy Takoyaki. Unsurprisingly, meatless brand Beyond will be present with their signature burger and sausages.


The 3 Keys

Not just a fair for shopping and stuffing your face, Sprout 2019 hopes to educate too. Pick up insider tips and tricks for your first foray into urban farming and gardening at Grow, where a multitude of urban farming technology brands will be making their presence felt. Take part in a cooking masterclass in the Learn corner, hosted by some of Singapore’s best chefs, for a chance to learn culinary techniques firsthand. Led by gastronomical heavyweights such as Lush Epicurean’s Chef Eric Low, together with Chefs Emmanuel Stroobant and Han Li Guang of one Michelin-star restaurants Saint Pierre and Labyrinth respectively, you're bound to discover new ways to cook with local produce. You can check out the full array of ticketed masterclasses and workshops here.

Finally at Cook, look forward to a culinary showcase of dexterity and precision by Escoffier Young Talent World Champion 2018 Chef Koh Han Jie of Les Amis Singapore, and founder of Preparazzi Gourmet Catering Jeremy Nguee. The best part: You’ll get to taste the masterpieces prepared by the experts after.


Sprout 2019 happens May 11-12 at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 403. Admission is free and more information is available here.