The Takashimaya Mooncake Fair 2019 starts today. As usual, it is being held in the Event Hall of Ngee Ann City, Orchard Road. After so many years, we still think that it is the best place to buy mooncakes in Singapore. This year, more than 60 vendors gather to offer their products. Formally known as the Takashimaya Mid Autumn Festive Celebrations 2019, the event takes place from Thursday 8 Aug to Friday 13 Sep 2019 at Takashimaya Square, B2. Do check the Takashimaya website (link below) for the opening hours as there are extended shopping hours on certain days.
Takashimaya Mooncake Fair 2018 list of exhibitors
Here is a list of the mooncake brands represented at the Taka mooncake fair 2019 and a map of the mooncake fair layout. As usual, many of the mooncakes for sale are available for sampling. A number of discounts such as early bird discounts, credit card deals and bulk purchases are available. Some info is available on the Takashimaya website. Others are displayed on site.
Takashimaya Mooncake Fair 2019 has the familiar layout of stalls and exhibitors that we have seen in previous years. There are the usual mix of mooncakes from hotels, restaurants and specialist mooncake producers. Traditional mooncakes and snowskin mooncakes continue to be the main items. Durian flavoured mooncakes used to be a novelty but is now quite common. There are simply too many nice mooncakes for us to list here. To assist our readers in narrowing their search for mooncakes as gifts or for themselves, here is our top 10 list of mid autumn festival ideas from the Takashimaya Mooncake Fair 2019.
Posh Conrad Hotel Mooncakes 2019
One brand of mooncakes that stood out among the exhibitors at the Taka Event Hall this year was the Conrad mooncakes. The mooncakes themselves are beautiful. What is also outstanding are the boxes. Made with faux crocodile skin, they certainly look luxurious. What makes them more likeable is that they are made to be reused as storage boxes once the mooncakes have been consumed. Which is a great idea as we always find it a waste to throw away the expensive boxes that the mooncakes are packed in.
Wonderful Snowskin Selection by Kele Mooncakes
Snowskin mooncakes are common these days. We were impressed by the range of snowskin mooncakes offered by Kele. We sampled many of them and they were all very good.
Fresh & Warm Teochew Mooncakes by Zhen Wei
The mooncakes by Zhen Wei are plain and nothing to look at, by comparison with many of the other brands. What is different about them is that these mooncakes are made on site at the Takashimaya Mooncake Fair 2019. These mooncakes are deep-fried and are sold fresh and warm. The vendor also sells the 1A brand of curry puffs and therefore knows a thing or two about deep frying and flaky skins. The Teochew crispy yam mooncakes tasted great.
Chocolate Mooncakes by Awfully Chocolate
Awfully Chocolate has introduced some of their chocolate magic into their line of mooncakes. The chocolate brownie mooncake is a nice change from the traditional flavours.
Little “Piglets” and traditional mooncakes from Tai Chong Kok
We tend to think of Tai Chong Kok when we look for traditional mooncakes. They still have a comprehensive range of mooncakes. What we like the most from them are the little piglets. These will bring a smile to the faces of the kids.
Large “Piglet” (almost a pig) from Mandarin Orchard Hotel
Apart from Tai Chong Kok, little piglets are sold by several other vendors at the Takashimaya Mid Autumn Festival fair. The one that stole the show was the huge piglet produced by Mandarin Orchard. I was told that it weighs 500g. It can be bought as part of the Baked Treasures Collection at $76 (which includes two other pieces of mooncake).
White Lotus Paste and Black Sesame Mooncakes from Tai Cheong Bakery
Tai Cheong Bakery generously offered their famous egg tarts at the mooncake exhibition. They have apparently opened an outlet at B2 of Takashimaya. Which is a good thing as their branch at Holland Village is always crowded. The egg tart was delicious, as usual. But we were also impressed by the quality of their mooncakes. The white lotus paste and black sesame mooncakes in particular deserve a try. They look very normal. But the smoothness of their fillings and texture of skin left a positive impression on us.
Cutest Mooncakes at Takashimaya Mooncake Fair 2019 by Peony Jade
These “madamoiselle pigs” by Peony Jade were the cutest mooncakes that we saw at Takashimaya this year. They cost $47 for 2 pieces. We did not have a chance to try them, but we think that anyone receiving them as a gift will get some joy just by looking at them.
Under-stated Mooncakes by Regent Hotel
The mooncakes by Regent Hotel look magnificent. Not because of fancy colours or boxes. But because they look so well made. The creases were deep and well-defined and colours were vibrant. They are rather expensive – around $80 for a box of 4. But the boxes do not look extravagant. I think these will make a good gift for someone that frowns on over-ostentatious gifts.
White Rabbit Roll from Gin Thye
Our last entry in our list may not even be a mooncake. Nonetheless we think the White Rabbit Roll sold at the Gin Thye stall may still be a nice Mid Autumn celebration idea as this looks like a giant version of the White Rabbit sweet that always promotes a lot of goodwill during Chinese New Year.
We hope that you have found our list of best mid autumn ideas from the Takashimaya Mooncake Fair 2019 useful. Happy Shopping!
Takashimaya Mid Autumn Festive Celebrations 2019
Thu 8 Aug to Fri 13 Sep 2019
Takashimaya Square, B2
Takashimaya Department Store
391 Orchard Road Singapore 238873
Tel : +65 6738 1111
Opening hours: 10 am to 9.30 pm
See Takashimaya Website for days with extended hours and information on redemption vouchers, exhibitors and discounts.
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