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The 50 Cents Fest (五毛钱美食荟萃)

Sat Jul 28 @ 11:00 am - Sun Jul 29 @ 11:00 pm

The colonial era of the 1930s in Singapore sets the backdrop for this year’s The 50 Cents Fest (五毛钱美食荟萃) at the 100-metre long Chinatown Food Street (牛车水美食街), located on Smith Street. Like its previous two instalments, the award-winning Fest, featuring more than 40 stalls and mobile vendors, promises a smorgasbord of close to 50 different delectable street eats, drinks, snacks and dessert items, with ethnic cuisines featured for the first time; as well as performances and activities. 

From as little as a humble 50 cents to no more than S$3, fest-goers can indulge their taste buds in a gastronomical experience of the 1930s with an array of specially curated dishes, ranging from savouries to sweets and snacks; and everything in between, that either have origins or feature key ingredients and spices from the 1930s colonial period.

To add to the authenticity of The 50 Cents Fest, heritage home-brand founded in 1930s, Tong Heng Bakery proudly presents a simple yet fragrant Egg Cookie (鸡蛋饼), along with their signature Walnut Cookie (小合桃) that is baked with the same traditional recipe since 1935. Also, Singapore’s oldest restaurant Spring Court presents a must-try item – their original Kong Bak Pau recipe that has been on sale since 1929. 

 Amidst the feasting are performances and activities, festivity and spectacle, with the entire Chinatown Food Street decked in colourful neon-signs and décor reminiscent of the colonial era. Catch the 1930s Taxi Girls performances and sway to the beats of popular songs of the 1930s performed by local a capella group, 1023, on both days! True-blue nostalgia seekers can even get a back-alley barber cut for just $2!

 For the first time this year, fest-goers can “see” the daily street happenings in the 1930s — samsui women hard at work, opium smokers smoking at the alleys and sights of gambling dens — through a free Augmented Reality (AR) experience.

In addition, do your part for the environment by recycling your trash at our recycling machines. The 50 Cents Fest 2018 will reward fest-goers with a little token for throwing their waste into designated recycling machines on-site.

Also, enjoy priority when you plan your journey! Download the Plus! App to make the best of your visit. You can plan your journey via the event map and information on the app, and access a digital card that entitles you to express entry at the attractions. Plus! App users also enjoy priority entry to the AR 1930’s walkthrough and the alley barber haircut. Users can also be the first to get rewarded with old school snacks at the recycling vending machine.

 You can also enjoy the convenience of QR Code payments as you scan to pay at The 50 Cents Fest with DBS PayLah!, DBS / POSB digibank and DBS iWealth®. What’s more, download PayLah! to get S$5 with promo code ‘STEADYLAH’.

So mark your calendars and gather family and friends to experience a gastronomical adventure into the 1930s. Don’t miss out this one-time opportunity to experience 1930s Colonial Singapore at this year’s The 50 Cents Fest!


Event Details

The 50 Cents Fest

Venue: Chinatown Food Street, Smith Street, Singapore 058938

Date: 28th – 29th July 2018

Time: 11am to 11pm daily


Official Instagram Hashtag: #The50CentsFest


Saturday, 28 July 2018
Sunday, 29 July 2018
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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133 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059413