Local and global street food enthusiasts (myself included) would have probably heard the news. The inaugural World Street Food Congress is set to hit the shores of sunny Singapore in a few months time. Definitely a good step forward for the food-loving island nation.
Though the finer details have yet to be determined and established, one stomach-churning (no pun intended) factor has been confirmed; the ticket prices for the event. Up to S$750 (US$600+) for a “2-Day Dialogue Pass”. It is understood that the likes of Anthony Bourdain and Jean-George Vongerichten would be gracing the event. Makansutra’s head honcho, KF Seetoh, looks to get these renowned names of the Western culinary world to share and exchange ideas with the likes of local and regional gastronomic masters. Justifiable? Not so much, in my book.
I’m still iffy about the rather exorbitant ticket prices – which is one of the factors putting me off from the aforementioned event. Some may argue that you cannot put a price on an indelible experience. However, I feel that it somehow defeats the whole purpose of showcasing and talking about unpretentious comfort food, while having to fork out absurd amounts of money.
Let’s just hope more light (and ticket prices) will be shed as the event date draws nearer.