Claymore Connect on Orchard Road is hosting a month-long event of high teas, workshops, classes and exhibitions
One of Singapore’s best cultural treasures is its Peranakan heritage, and being part-Peranakan myself who always finds comfort in these Peranakan restaurants in Singapore, I’m quite thrilled to have caught wind of this event in Orchard Road. For the first time ever, there’s gonna be a month-long Peranakan Festival at Claymore Connect, and it’s shaping up to be quite a celebration for all Nyonyas and Babas.
Highlighting the fascinating aspects of this Straits Chinese culture are weekly highlights such as sarong kebaya exhibitions, demonstrations of traditional games like congkak, and even how to make your own Peranakan-inspired flower arrangements AKA bunga rampai. Curiosity piqued? Immerse yourself deeper with workshops on stamp carving using Peranakan motifs, and even book cover art and binding.
But of course, what I love most about Peranakan culture is its food, and foodies, y’all aren’t forgotten either. Don’t miss the Peranakan Joget Joget High Tea at The Peranakan Restaurant, that’ll serve classics like mee siam, kueh pi tee, and nasi ulam. Otherwise, learn how to whip up these dishes in the kitchen with cooking classes teaching recipes for traditional desserts and cookies. And hey, even if you’re not Peranakan yourself, you’re still gladly invited to learn about one of Singapore’s most intriguing cultures.
The Peranakan Festival, 27 May to 17 June, 11am to 6pm, Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879. Free admission to exhibitions. Workshops, high tea and Peranakan costume rentals are chargeable. For the full programme, check out its official website.
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