Old World Spice And Wine At Capella Singapore

This August, it’s all about spices at Capella Singapore.  I am very excited as we prepare for the Old World Spice and Wine Tasting Experience happening from the 29th of August through the 1st of September.


One of the things I am looking forward to is to try the cuisine of our guest chef, Meryem Cherkaoui.  Chef  Cherkaoui  is a Moroccan chef, who has spent many years in France perfecting the exquisite French cooking techniques and incorporating the flavors of Moroccan cuisine.

Having visited Africa once on a holiday, I can well attest to the vibrant flavours and aromas that arise from all the exotic spices used in their cooking.  As such, I am truly anxious to savor the flavors of Morocco made with the intricacy and delicacy of the French kitchen.

Old World Spice And Wine Event At Capella Singapore

The other person I am very excited to meet at the Old World Spice and Wine Tasting Experience is Nora Gasparini, a perfumer who specialises in creating bespoke perfumes and fragrances for people.  Nora is based in Bali, which is home to the exotic scents also used by prestigious beauty brands such as Hermes and Dior.  I was thrilled to learn that she was no stranger to these exclusive spices and also uses them in her work.

What is particularly exciting about Nora is that, in line with the gourmet spice and wine event, she is bringing a selection of spice infusions created from edible spices.  Imagine being able to create your own special perfumes from ingredients in the kitchen!

One of the main highlights in the series of events is the Old World Spice and Wine Tasting Experience taking place throughout the grounds of Capella Singapore on Saturday the 31st of August from 11:30am to 5:00pm.  Chef Mereyem, together with the chefs at Capella Singapore, will be creating different stations featuring tapas made with spices from various parts of the world.  These tapas will also be paired with a selection of 26 rare Old World wines.

To add to the festivities, Nora will also have a station set up where she will be able to do personal consultations on creating unique scents and perfumes for each person.

Old World Spice and Wine at Capella Singapore is definitely an event to look out for.  I am eagerly waiting in anticipation for all the four days of exciting and epicurean adventures.

If you are interested in learning more about the event, please contact The Knolls at +65 6591 5046 or email knolls.singapore@capellahotels.com.  Hope to see you there!ND

Düsseldorf’s Fun Fair: Rheinkirmes

Previously I wrote about Carnival celebrations here in Düsseldorf, but that is not the only community-wide celebration that we have.  Every July we have a fantastic Fun Fair, also known as the Rheinkirmes!

The Fun Fair is another one of the region’s deep-seated traditions that I have to share with you.  In Germany, and especially in the Federal District of North-Rhine Westphalia where Düsseldorf is located, have a history of shooting clubs. These clubs are rich with history (dating back several hundreds of years), one being the annual celebration of the club and its champion marksman.  Since the early 19th century, the clubs have incorporated a fun fair into this celebration, thus including the region as a whole.  In Düsseldorf the St. Sebastianus Shooting Club puts on this event, which draws more than 4 million visitors every year, making it Düsseldorf’s most popular summer event.

For me, this festivity is not just great fun because of the fair activities, but also because of the mix between the traditional parades and events that take place during the week.   And, as with any German event, there are several delicious treats to be eaten!  The big highlight is the spectacular fireworks show on the final Friday.  Already my friends and I are making plans to watch.  Düsseldorf’s Fun Fair is truly the can’t-miss event of the summer!

Die Düsseldorfer Rheinkirmes

In einem früheren Beitrag habe ich Euch vom Düsseldorfer Karneval berichtet, aber dies ist nicht der einzige lokale Brauch, den wir pflegen. Vom 13. bis 22. Juli findet die diesjährige Rheinkirmes statt!

Die Rheinkirmes ist eine von vielen, tief verwurzelte Traditionen, von denen ich Euch berichten muss.  In Deutschland, insbesondere in Nordrhein-Westfalen, haben die Schützenvereine eine ausgeprägte Geschichte (mehrere Jahrhunderte) vorzuweisen.  Eine ganz besondere Tradition sind die jährlichen Feierlichkeiten zu Ehren der Vereine und des Schützenkönigs. Und seit dem frühen 19. Jahrhundert gehört eben dazu auch die Kirmes. In Düsseldorf ist es vorrangig der Schützenverein St. Sebastianus, der das populärste lokale Ereignis des Sommers organisiert.

Für mich persönlich sind es aber nicht nur die Fahrgeschäfte, die diese Kirmes so besonders machen, sondern vor allem die Mischung aus traditionellen Umzügen und Veranstaltungen während dieser Woche. Und wiedererwartend gibt es natürlich auch viele verschiedene Leckereien, die darauf warten, probiert zu werden! Den großen Höhepunkt bildet das Feuerwerk am Freitag, 20. Juli. Meine Freunde und ich werden dieses Spektakel auf keinen Fall verpassen. Und ehrlich gesagt, ein Besuch der Rheinkirmes ist ein Muss!