Food Culture: Gastronomic Experiences in Singapore

Pinaki Dutta*, Nick Naumov

*Corresponding author for this work

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Food and gastronomy are among widely recognized as important features of many tourism destinations due to their potential to attract
visitors, improve destination image and stimulate the development of local businesses. Culinary experiences, specific food tourism
itineraries and food heritage tourism have appeared in many destinations worldwide providing a more meaningful and memorable way to
enjoy the local food scene. This paper explores variety of food culture, gastronomy and food traditions in Singapore. Drawing on qualitative
data collected through participant observation and semi-structural interviews with gastronomic service providers, the study demonstrates
how food tourism has become a part of the Singaporean culture that represents cultural identity of the destination but also provides a unique
gastronomic experience. We argue that there is a huge potential to further promote food tourism and gastronomic experience in Singapore
and more conceptual and empirical research is needed to study the potential of food as an ‘experience’ and how cultural values play a
significant part for the development of gastronomic experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-29
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Gastronomy, Hospitality & Travel
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

ISSN: 2619-9548


  • Food
  • Tourism
  • Gastronomy
  • Experience
  • Singapore


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