Marking the 7th successful year of the annual City Hawker Food Hunt, the closing ceremony held at Marine Parade Central Hawker Centre saw a vibrant mix of both young and old. Following its inception in 2008, the City Hawker Food Hunt brings together people from all walks of life to recognise and celebrate Singapore’s hawker legacy year after year.
Emeritus Senior Minister and Advisor to Marine Parade GRC GROs, Mr Goh Chok Tong, graced the ceremony as a guest-of-honour and warmly presented the grand prize and more than 40 trophies to the winning stalls of Roasted Meat Rice, Western Food, Indian Rojak and Double Boiled Soup.
This year’s City Hawker Food Hunt was launched on 16th April and public voting was held from May to October. Maxwell Food Centre came up tops in the public vote for the “My Favourite Hawker Centre” award. Sub-awards including the “Most ‘Healthier Choice’ Hawker Centre” and the “Most Authentic Hawker Stall” were also given out at the closing ceremony. To encourage the younger generation of hawkers, a new award – the “Young Hawker Award” had been launched this year. Also introduced this year was the Hawker Centre Community Project, a pilot initiative by City Gas.
At the closing ceremony, Mr Teo Kwan Hai, Acting CEO of City Gas Pte Ltd, said: “It is my greatest pleasure to conclude another rewarding year of souring the island to unearth the best hawker fare prepared by none other than our favourite hawkers. Through our commitment to preserving Singapore’s hawking legacy, City Gas would like to congratulate and thank the winners and participants who have managed to leave a lasting impression on the hearts and stomachs of our fellow Singaporeans.”
A donation of $2000 was presented to Marine Parade Citizens’ Consultative Committee at the closing ceremony.
City Hawker Food Hunt is jointly organised by City Gas and Shin Min Daily News and supported by the National Environment Agency (NEA), Health Promotion Board (HPB) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB).