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SINGAPORE’S ONLY COFFEE-CENTRIC FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH BIGGER VENUE AND MORE EXHIBITORS

Singapore, 5 May 2017 – Coffee-lovers can look forward to a bigger and better caffeine buzz in August this year. The Singapore Coffee Festival, which debuted as a sell-out event last year, will return on August 3-6, 2017, at the spacious Marina Bay Cruise Centre.


Ticket sales start today for the country’s only coffee-centric festival, which is organised by The Straits Times (ST). DBS returns as the event’s presenting sponsor, while Singtel will come on board as Family & Tech Partner.

More than 50 exhibitors have already signed up to show off their brews at the event, including new entrant Jewel Coffee and hipster stalwarts Common Man Coffee Roasters and Chye Seng Huat Hardware. Other returning cafés include Symmetry, which will be designing a breezy al fresco café experience; the highly Instagrammable Hook Coffee; and Dapper Coffee, which captivated festival-goers last year with its magical-blue Unicorn Tears drink. They will be joined by new exhibitors such as Caffé Vergnano, Park Bench Deli and Brawn & Brains. Festival-goers can also enjoy hard-to-find artisanal offerings from social enterprises at the Asia for Good corner presented by DBS. 

Highlights this year will include barista competitions, coffee workshops and demonstrations, local music acts curated by ST Sessions and live art performances. ST journalists will host chats with café owners, entrepreneurs and CEOs, while ST Life editor and veteran food critic Tan Hsueh Yun will present Posh Nosh by Hsueh – an exclusive dining experience featuring the most delectable picks from the festival. 

Breathtaking riverside views of Singapore’s city skyline can be viewed from the venue’s outdoor wharves, along which festival-goers can enjoy al fresco seating. More activities are also in store for young families, with storytelling sessions organised by ST Press and a family-friendly social space created by Singtel. Free WiFi service, also provided by Singtel, will allow festival-goers to stay connected and share their unique festival experience on social media.

Some 24,000 people, mostly aged 18 to 35, attended last year’s festival, which featured a smorgasbord of coffee and coffee-related delights as well as talks, workshops and live music.

The first day of this year’s four-day festival, Thursday Aug 3, 2017, will be open only to media and industry participants. Tickets are available for sale forFriday Aug 4, 2017 to Sunday Aug 6, 2017 via http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg

To enhance festival-goers’ experience, each day will be divided into two sessions: brunch (10am to 3.30pm) and sundown (4.30pm to 10pm). Tickets for each session will be priced at a special early-bird rate of $17 from today until June 4. DBS cardholders and ST subscribers will enjoy a further discount at $15 per session. After June 4, regular tickets will be priced at $22 per session, and at $18 per session for DBS cardholders and ST subscribers.

Mr Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of the English, Malay and Tamil Media group and Editor of The Straits Times, said: “We are delighted to bring back the Singapore Coffee Festival, after last year's success. Many of those who took part said they enjoyed the event and urged us to do it again. We are happy to oblige and are working hard to improve on what we did last year, so that we can deliver an even better experience for those who join us.”

Ms Karen Ngui, Managing Director and Head of Group Strategic Marketing and Communications, DBS Bank, said: “Whether it is the DBS Marina Regatta or Singapore Coffee Festival, DBS is committed to bringing fresh and meaningful experiences to all. Following its highly popular debut last year, the Singapore Coffee Fest returns this year in an even bigger way, and we’re excited to be part of it. Given some of the best conversations happen over a cup of coffee, we’re delighted to bring together like-minded festival attendees, entrepreneurs, café owners and baristas, and to facilitate the sharing of ideas and making of connections. In particular, we are looking forward to once again inspiring socially conscious living by providing social entrepreneurs a platform to showcase the good work that they do.”

Ms Diana Chen, Vice President, Mobile Marketing, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “At Singtel, we seek to bring people closer together with unique and memorable experiences. We are delighted to be a part of a festival that celebrates Singapore’s vibrant coffee scene. We look forward to providing free WiFi and lots of activities for families.”

EVENT INFORMATION

Venue: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947

Dates:
Thu, Aug 3
For trade and media only. 
If you'd like to be invited, please register at http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg

Fri, Aug 4 to Sun, Aug 6
Each day will be divided into two sessions. Tickets are sold per session.
- Brunch: 10am - 3.30pm
- Sun-down: 4.30pm - 10pm

Prices:
Early bird (May 5 to June 4)
Individual ticket: $17 
ST subscriber (with promo code): $15
DBS/POSB cardholder: $15

Regular (June 5 to Aug 6)
Individual ticket: $22
ST subscriber (with promo code): $18
DBS/POSB cardholder: $18

Group tickets (4 or more): $15 each

Get your tickets at sgcoffeefestival.com.sg.

For more information, go to

Website: http://sgcoffeefestival.com.sg/ 
Social Media : www.facebook.com/sgcoffeefest 
https://www.instagram.com/sgcoffeefest/ 
Hashtag: #sgcoffeefest 

LIST OF PARTICIPATING CAFES (as of May 3)

Amuse Projects & Prana Chai
Boba Brew
Brawn & Brains
Butterknife Folk
Cafe Vergnano
Chye Seng Huat Hardware
Common Man Coffee Roasters
Compound Coffee Company Pte Ltd
Curbside Cafe & Wine Bar
Curious Palette
Dapper Coffee
Don's Pie
Foreword Coffee + Really Really Fresh Coffee
Foxhole Cafe x The Pourover Bar
Hatter Street Pte Ltd
HIC Juice
Hook Coffee
HS Coffee
Huggs Coffee Pte Ltd
Hyde & Co
Jewel Cafe & Bar
Jubilee Coffee House
Juju Coffee Pte Ltd
Made Cold
Medano
Momolato Pte Ltd
Ninja Bowl
Ollella
Park Bench Deli
Percolate Coffee
Pulse Patisserie
Refinery
Shinnpark Pte Ltd
Slayer
Strangers Reunion
Symmetry Coffee
Tazlo
The Coastal Settlement
The Dark Gallery
The Golden Duck
The Novel Encounter
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee Pte Ltd
Vegan Food Global Pte Ltd


Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Shahrena Hassan
Senior Manager
Editorial Projects Unit, The Straits Times
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 5097
Email: shahrena@sph.com.sg
Deror Wong (Mr)
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
Email: derorw@sph.com.sg

About The Straits Times 

The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore and is followed widely in the region for its comprehensive coverage of local, regional and world news, provided by its correspondents in 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide. 

Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times underwent a major redesign across all platforms in July 2015, when it celebrated its 170th anniversary. This revamp is part of its continuing efforts to refresh its products, maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing readers with news as it happens on all platforms, from its website at 
www.straitstimes.com, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of two media networks - the Asia News Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and Wan-Ifra. Its revamped paper won a gold medal for overall newspaper design by the World Association of Newspaper at the Asian Media Awards in Manila in 2016.


About Singapore Press Holdings

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media.

SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 


SPH is in the healthcare sector, operating private nursing homes under Orange Valley. 

For more information, please visit 
www.sph.com.sg