Fill Your Holidays With Food, Music And Dance At Asian Civilisations Museum’s World On A Plate!

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Discover the multicultural influences that have led to the creation of iconic Asian dishes and participate in a wide range of drop-in activities, talks and workshops!

Venue: Asian Civilisations Museum
Date & Time:

  • 1 to 2 Dec 2023: 4pm to 10pm
  • 3 Dec 2023: 4pm to 9pm

Fee: $10 for Singapore citizens/PRs | $20 for foreign residents/tourists

World on a Plate!

Discover the multicultural influences that have led to the creation of iconic
Asian dishes and find out where your favourite foods come from. Delve into
cross-cultural flavours at our Food Fiesta, accompanied by music and dance
from Asia and the Americas. Join expert chefs and food historians as they
take you on a culinary journey that started with the Manila galleons. Then,
dance away to the sound of salsa to end the night!

This programme is presented in conjunction with special exhibition, Manila
Galleon: From Asia to the Americas. 

Here's taking a closer look at what you can look forward to at Asian Civilisations Museum’s World On A Plate!

Galleon Groove: Outdoor Performances

Venue: ACM Green or Rive Room, Level 2 (in the event of wet weather)
Date: 1 to 3 Dec 2023
Time: Various timings
Fee: Free admission

Dive into the galleon spirit with performances from the Philippines, Mexico,
and Spain. Groove to the music, or dance alongside the performers as they
showcase various types of music and dance. 

Performance Lineup

  • 1 Dec 2023
    • 6.30pm: Mariachi music by Los Cucurrus
    • 7.30pm: Flamenco music by Musicarts Production
  • 2 Dec 2023
    • 5pm & 6.30pm: Filipino folk dance by OFW Ethnic Cultural Dancers
    • 6pm & 7.30pm: Mexican folk dance by Mitote
  • 3 Dec 2023
    • 5pm & 6.30pm: Filipino modern cultural and Tinikling dance by Filipino Dance Club
    • 6pm & 7.30pm: Mexican Aztec ballet by Mitote

Drop-In Activities & Experiences

Venue: Various locations
Date: 1 to 3 Dec 2023
Time: Various timings 
Fee: Free admission

Sample an array of international culinary creations at the outdoor Food Fiesta
market, then head indoors for craft activities and buzzing after-hours Latin

Food Fiesta

Photo Credit: Asian Civilisations Museum

Venue: ACM Green
Date & Time:

  • 1 to 2 Dec 2023: 4pm to 10pm
  • 3 Dec 2023: 4pm to 9pm

Fee: Free admission

Feast on flavours from Asia to the Americas! Our special market includes foods from the Philippines, Mexico, Spain, and Singapore! Try specially curated menu items, purchase unique ingredients, and hear from chefs and culinary professionals about the stories and recipes that emerged from the Manila galleon trade.

Participating vendors

  • Bar Spectre
  • Esquina
  • La Mexicana
  • Las Americas
  • Luci‚Äôs Kitchen
  • Max‚Äôs Restaurant and Lechon Pinoy
  • Potato Corner
  • Tamales Mexicanos en Singapur

All About Chocolate Kiosk with The Chocolate Chamber

Photo Credit: The Chocolate Chamber

Venue: Lobby, Level 1
Date & Time: 1 to 3 Dec 2023, 4pm to 9pm

Taste the difference of Filipino-sourced cacao beans and learn about sikwate (Filipino hot chocolate) with The Chocolate Chamber.

Be one of the first 50 per programme day to show proof of your Manila Galleon special exhibition ticket to redeem a free hot chocolate at the kiosk!

Culinary Connections: Short Film Screening

Photo Credit: Culinary Connections

Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Basement 1
Date: 1 Dec 2023
Time: 7pm onwards
Fee: Free admission

Watch three top chefs prepare dishes using ingredients once carried by the galleons. Carlos Montobbio (Esquina), Maurice Espinoza (Papi’s Tacos), and Kurt Sombero (Kubo) come together to cook and share a communal meal, where they discover the unexpected similarities between their cuisines and food culture.

Short film produced by ACM and Production 55.

Drop-in Craft: Mini Galleon Bauble

Photo Credit: Asian Civilisations Museum

Venue: Lobby, Level 1
Date: 1 Dec 2023
Time: 4pm to 10pm
Fee: Free admission

Be inspired by the Manila Galleon: From Asia to the Americas exhibition, and craft your own miniature galleon using air-dry clay. Enclose your galleon in a decorative bauble and take it home to display. While supplies last.

Drop-in Craft: Pi√Īata Party with the Mexican Association in Singapore

Photo Credit: Joshua Coleman on Unsplash

Venue: Lobby, Level 1
Date: 2 Dec 2023
Time: 4pm to 10pm
Fee: Free admission

Make your own mini star pi√Īata, a popular Mexican celebratory decoration perfect for the holiday season! Learn about their historical significance with friendly facilitators from the Mexican Association in Singapore.

Community Parol-making with the Filipino Association of Singapore

Photo Credit: Filipino Association of Singapore

Venue: Lobby, Level 1
Date: 3 Dec 2023
Time: 4pm to 9pm
Fee: Free admission

Participate in a parol-making activity guided by members of the Filipino community. Parols are traditional lanterns from the Philippines which are crafted and illuminated as part of Christmas decorations. Join fellow museum visitors in assembling parols, which will be displayed at ACM throughout the Christmas season!

ACM After Hours: Latin Dance Party with Salsa Cubana Singapore

Photo Credit: Asian Civilisations Museum

Venue: Foyer, Level 2
Date: 1 to 2 Dec 2023
Time: 8pm to 10pm (last admission at 10pm)
Fee: Free admission

It’s party time! Join after-hours salsa sessions featuring two live Latin DJs spinning salsa and bachata beats for an unforgettable night. Whether you bring a partner or make new friends on the dance floor, it’s all about the joy of social dancing!

Expert-Led Workshops & Talks

Venue: Various locations
Date: 1 to 3 Dec 2023
Time: Various timings 
Fee: Register on Peatix

Learn from experts through workshops and talks that introduce the nuances of cross-cultural ingredients, techniques, and crafts ‚ÄĒ all inspired by the Manila Galleon exhibition.

Delicious Archaeology: Making, Tasting, and Understanding Mexican Corn Tortillas

Photo Credit:¬†Sebasti√°n √Ālvarez

Venue: Discovery Room, Basement 1
Date: 2 Dec 2023
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Fee: $15 per participant | Register on Peatix

Join Chef Sebasti√°n √Ālvarez from COACOA as he introduces the use of corn, the most important staple in Mexican gastronomy. Discover its historical significance and traditional applications while learning how to make your own tortillas!

Blue & White: Ceramics 101 Workshop with Common Touch Craft Unit

Photo Credit: Common Touch Craft Unit

Venue: Discovery Room, Basement 1
Date: 2 Dec 2023
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
Fee: $25 per participant | Register on Peatix

This workshop teaches the basics of creating your own galleon-inspired blue-and-white ceramic plate. You will build your own unique plate, then paint it with vivid blue illustrations inspired by the objects from the exhibition.

Participants to take note:
Your creation will be fired, glazed, and delivered to you 2 months after the end of the workshop by Common Touch Craft Unit. Please provide accurate delivery instructions to ensure your plate reaches you safely!

From Mexico with Love: Native Ingredients Talk & Tasting with COACOA

Photo Credit:¬†Sebasti√°n √Ālvarez

Venue: Discovery Room, Basement 1
Date: 3 Dec 2023
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Fee: $15 per participant | Register on Peatix

Delve into the world of Mexican cuisine with Chef Sebasti√°n √Ālvarez from COACOA and explore the origins of ingredients now integral to Southeast Asia‚Äôs everyday diet. Experience a tasting session featuring these ingredients in sorbets made by Chef Sebasti√°n, while he explains the fascinating story of this delicious ingredient exchange!

Meet the Chefs: A Cross-Cultural Culinary Experience from Spain, Mexico & Philippines

Photo Credit: Culinary Connections

Venue: River Room, Level 2
Date: 3 Dec 2023
Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
Fee: $10 refundable deposit | Register on Peatix

Don‚Äôt miss this one-off opportunity to interact with two top chefs ‚Äď Carlos Montobbio (Esquina), and Kurt Sombero (Kubo). This special presentation will discuss the similarities and differences found in their shared yet distinct culinary heritage, as they each demonstrate a signature dish.

Gallery Insights: A Culinary Journey (Guided Tour)

Photo Credit: Asian Civilisations Museum

Venue: Lobby, Level 1
Date: 1 to 3 Dec 2023 
Time: 5pm to 6pm
Fee: $10 per participant (admission to Manila Galleon and prior registration required) | Register on Peatix

Join a culinary journey through the ACM galleries! In this guided tour with our docents, learn about objects linked to the cuisine and the globalisation of food during the 250 years of the Manila galleon trade.

Culinary Delights Beyond the Museum

Date: till 17 Mar 2024

Beyond the Museum: Culinary Voyage!

Extending the exhibition experience beyond the museum, ACM has collaborated with various food and beverage partners in Mexican, Filipino and Spanish cuisines. Patrons of participating partners may show their receipt at the ACM visitor services counter to redeem 10% off All-Access admission to ACM’s special exhibition Manila Galleon: From Asia to the Americas. Partners include Bar Spectre, Empress, Esquina, Kubo Woodfired Kitchen, Las Américas, Luci’s Kitchen, Privé ACM and Tamales Mexicanos en Singapur.

In addition, ACM special exhibition visitors may show their ACM All-Access admission ticket to enjoy the following:

  • A special menu at Bar Spectre
  • A special menu item Tuna Escabeche at Esquina
  • 10% off with $30.00 minimum spend at Luci‚Äôs Kitchen

These promotions are valid for the special exhibition period till 17 March 2024.


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This article is prepared by

Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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