If you and your partner enjoy café hopping on the weekends, this year’s Singapore Coffee Festival is an event you wouldn’t want to miss.
Presented by DBS, the event is returning for its second year with over 100 exhibitors at its new home – the waterfront-facing Marina Bay Cruise Centre.
So if you’re looking to spend some quality time with your coffee-loving bae, look no further than the Singapore Coffee Festival 2017! Here’s why we think it’s a unique and fun opportunity to have a different and more meaningful date.
1) Pick Up New Skills As A Couple
From coffee brewing to stamp carving, there will be a slew of workshops and classes at The Good Market taught by various social enterprises for you and your partner to take part in.
What’s more, if you and your partner are fans of chocolate, don’t miss the “Farmer to Bar” Craft Chocolate Workshop by Krakakoa, where you will get to participate in a “live” demonstration of chocolate making.
For the full workshop schedule, click here.
2) Spend for a good cause
In between the workshops, browse the booths set up by social enterprises, where you can not only gift your date with an extra-meaningful present but also play a part in helping communities in need.
These social enterprises – seven in all – will be at the Singapore Coffee Festival as part of The Good Market, presented by Asia For Good. These sustainable businesses come from all across Asia, selling a range of socially conscious coffee, organic snacks and all-natural skincare products.
Taiwan’s Aurora, for instance, supports aboriginal farmers in towns of Alishan, Xinyi and Reni by selling their main produce – coffee and tea. The company also provides micro-financing and price guarantees, which have improved the livelihoods of these villagers.
Also present at the festival is Indonesia’s Krakakoa, an artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate company that sustainably sources their cacao from smallholder farmers.
Closer to home, Bettr Barista has implemented a social programme that equips disadvantaged women and youths-at-risk with vocational and life skills to pave a better life and career opportunities for them.
3) Take on the Passport Challenge for a “Live Kind” Experience
To make your Singapore Coffee Festival experience a more meaningful one for you and your partner, why not take on the “Live Kind” Passport challenge?
Brought to you by DBS, this sustainable living challenge involves easy and fun tasks related to being a socially conscious consumer.
Completing each task will get you a stamp on your passport, which can be redeemed for rewards such as a “Live Kind” coffee tumbler and a free cup of coffee!
Examples of some of the above-mentioned tasks:
- Show your support for a social enterprise at “The Good Market” by making a purchase from them!
- Look out for “Live Kind” quotes around the DBS Lounge at the Singapore Coffee Festival, snap a picture with one and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #livekind.
- Recycle! Drop off your used plastic bottles at the recycling machine installed and you may get special token in return.
- Participate in one of the specially curated workshops at the DBS Lounge, hosted by various social enterprises.
If you’re up for the challenge, don’t forget to register beforehand at https://www.asiaforgood.com/webform/live-kind-dbs.
4) Do It For The ‘Gram
Of course, we all know a date isn’t official unless it’s posted on social media. Fret not, there will be plenty of picture-perfect hotspots at the event.
In particular, check out DBS’ outdoor space, called the DBS Sunrise Deck, where you can pose for a shot or two. The waterfront-facing view also makes for a perfect romantic spot to chill and enjoy your coffee.
On the opposite end will be the Sunset Wharf, which will also play host to Singapore Coffee Festival’s lineup of local bands and artists. They include Singapore’s very own iNCH who will serenade attendees with her indie tunes and new single Simple Kind Of Life on Saturday (Aug 5), as well as funk rapper Tim De Cotta, indie band Stopgap, country folk singer JAWN and acoustic singer-songwriter Lewis Loh.
Additionally, the DBS Lounge at Singapore Coffee Festival will be decked out in fairy lights, carpet grass and wall quotes, perfect for your next Instagram post.
5) Drink Amazing Coffee!
Last but definitely not least is the amazing line-up of cafes, baristas and vendors exhibiting at the three-day event.
They include the likes of Strangers’ Reunion, Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Foxhole Café and Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee. It’s especially convenient for you coffee lovers since they’ll all be in one place!
Besides coffee, gelato patisserie Butterknife Folk will be present alongside sandwich specialists Park Bench Deli.
For a full line-up of exhibitors, click here.
We’re also running a giveaway for tickets to the festival. To participate, check out our Facebook post below.
Singapore Coffee Festival, presented by DBS, will take place from August 4-6 at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre. Discounted tickets are available for DBS/POSB cardholders from S$18.
For more info, click here.
Brought to you by DBS Bank.