Singapore is celebrating its 58th birthday on 9 August! This year, the National Day public holiday falls right in the middle of the week, on a Wednesday. While we don’t get the luxury of a long weekend to plan a quick getaway, it doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most of this midweek break.
With that in mind, here are some fun activities to do right here on our sunny island that will occupy you on National Day or the weekend leading up to it! There’s something for everyone — whether you’re planning a family-friendly day out, a casual get together among friends or just a cosy day at home before tuning in to the National Day Parade on television.
1. Have fun with the whole neighbourhood at the FairPrice National Day Block Party
Drop by the food booths to discover local brands and sample their products. You’ll get to taste delicious treats, from kacang puteh — a traditional and popular snack consisting of mixed nuts — to refreshing beverages and classic childhood snacks.
Best of all, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to win prizes when you take part in our fun games! Stand to win promo codes, shopping bags, FairPrice Housebrand products and more.
Hosted from our roving FairPrice on Wheels trucks, the block party will be bringing daily essentials and housebrand favourites to you. What’s more, special tote bags will be given to shoppers who make purchases above $10 from our mobile store!
So let’s come together as a community to immerse ourselves in the festive spirit, create unforgettable memories and celebrate Singapore’s special day.
To indicate your interest and share the event with your friends, visit the event page.
2. Cook up a feast inspired by Singapore’s icons and landmarks
If you prefer to spend the National Day public holiday at home, here’s an activity centred around one of the things that Singaporeans love the most: food!
Bring the colour, creativity and flavour to the table with meals that are plated to resemble Singapore’s iconic landmarks, from the Changi Control Tower that greets us each time we leave and return home from our travels, to the Singapore Flyer, the observation wheel that graces our city skyline and offers breathtaking views of the downtown area.
What’s on the menu?
Whip up a visual and literal feast with these recipes:
This is a great way to get your little ones to help out in the kitchen! They can unleash their creativity when it comes to plating the food, or colouring and shaping the tapioca jelly for the bubur cha cha. Your hard work will be rewarded when you settle down to a scrumptious meal that pays tribute to places that are truly Singapore!
Looking for more meal inspiration? Check out our recipe collection here!
3. Celebrate with a sizzling BBQ party amidst lush greenery
Take your National Day celebration to the great outdoors with a BBQ at one of Singapore’s picturesque parks. And here’s a game changer for your BBQ experience: try a single-use disposable BBQ grill made from eco-friendly materials such as cardboard and natural bamboo!
The CasusGrill™ comes in a handy, portable box that transforms — with a little bit of assembly (that the kids can have fun with!) — into a convenient and easy-to-use BBQ grill.
This innovative invention uses special bamboo charcoal briquettes which do not require a firestarter or lighter fluid. Best of all, there’s no open flame and it produces an even temperature across the grill, so you don’t have to worry about moving the food around to hit those hot spots! Simply light the briquettes, wait a few minutes for the grill to heat up, and you’re ready to cook your favourite sausages, meats and vegetables!
As the grill is able to stay hot for about an hour, it’s best to plan and portion out your food in advance so you can have a smooth and enjoyable BBQ party.
So gather your loved ones and friends, head to the park, and let the aroma of freshly grilled food fill the air as you celebrate National Day surrounded by nature.
You can find the CasusGrill™ at FairPrice Xtra Jurong Point.
Already have a BBQ planned?
Whether you’re organising a casual gathering or something more grand, the key is to offer an array of delights that will leave your guests asking for seconds! Plan your perfect barbecue with these mouthwatering options:
- Sausages and burger patties for meat lovers
- Seafood for seafood lovers
- Fresh vegetables for grilling or making a tasty side dish
- Sauces and marinades for added flavour
Shop at FairPrice and get your groceries delivered to your doorstep!
4. Sip cocktails and indulge in gourmet bites at The Grocer Bar
What better way to raise a toast to Singapore’s birthday than by raising a glass? Head down to The Grocer Bar, an innovative bar nestled within FairPrice Finest The Centrepoint, and embrace the spirit of celebration as you indulge in a variety of beverages, from exquisite wines to locally brewed craft beer from Red Dot Brewhouse.
Try the bar’s signature cocktail, The Centrepoint, which is a refreshing mix of gin, lemon, muddled fresh raspberries and a hint of lavender. Or go for FairPrice Fizz, a cocktail that has gin, strawberries, lemon, egg white and soda. Not into alcoholic drinks? Mocktails, juices, coffee and tea are also available!
Settle down at a table with friends and savour delectable bar snacks such as freshly shucked oysters, artisanal cheese platters and delicious charcuterie — the perfect accompaniments to your drinks. And when you’re done, you can explore the store’s spirit library with its wide assortment of wines and spirits, or conveniently grab some groceries before you head home!
Don’t feel like making a trip to Orchard Road? Visit The Grocer Bar’s latest outlet at FairPrice Finest The Woodleigh Mall! Try the store-exclusive cocktails available there, such as The Woodleigh Club, which combines lemon and raspberries with Malfy Gin Rosa (a deliciously delicate fruity gin from Italy). There’s also the light and refreshing FairPrice Smash, our very own take on the classic Gin Basil Smash.
Here, you can enjoy your drink of choice with some freshly cooked seafood and beef, sashimi, roast meat and even grilled skewers.
The Grocer Bar also has an outlet at FairPrice Finest Ang Mo Kio Blk 712. Exclusive to this outlet is its offering of Como Bere on tap. Como Bere is a low-carb, low-calorie lager uniquely curated for the health-conscious drinker.
Raise a glass at The Grocer Bar and cheers to a joyous National Day!
Prices and menu offerings may differ from store to store.
So while National Day falling on a Wednesday may disrupt travel plans, it presents an opportunity for us to discover and appreciate our local treasures all the more! Whether it’s indulging in delicacies, cooking up a storm indoors or outdoors, or simply having a laugh and drinks with friends, let’s make this mid-week public holiday a memorable one and this year’s National Day an occasion to remember!