Inaugural Local Farm Festival held at rejuvenated Gillman Barracks; features local produce, hand-made products

2 new tenders were also awarded to tenants that help drive green initiatives, inject vibrancy and facilitate “around-the-clock engagement” with the wider community at Gillman Barracks.

Kelly Chin

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Published: 14 April 2023, 6:15 PM

Local farm produce and hand-made products are on sale at the inaugural Local Farm Festival from Apr 14 to 16.

The festival is held at the rejuvenated Gillman Barracks’ Block 43 and 47 from 10am to 5pm.

Organised by Gardenasia, the festival features more than 40 local farmers, food technology, startups, artisans, crafters, and social enterprises to encourage appreciation for local farms and a sustainable food future. 

Visitors can purchase a wide range of locally grown farm-fresh produce such as eggs and vegetables. There is also an area with goats, chickens and frogs for children to pet and learn how they fit into Singapore’s food history.

A variety of hand-crafted items such as soaps, candles and ceramics are also available for sale.


All products are made with sustainably sourced materials. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/KELLY CHIN


The event also sells a multitude of food and beverages from local enterprises such as coffee made from locally sourced beans, hand-made gelato, fish and chips and nitrogen-infused lemonade.


One of the gelato flavours, sable and cream, contains hand-made cookies. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/KELLY CHIN


Singapore Land Authority (SLA) awarded two new tenders to Didi Lifestyle and Charlotte Puxley Flowers. They will occupy the vacant Block 43 and 47.

This follows the earlier award of the five tenders in phase one, which was announced in October 2022.

Both these tenants will introduce green initiatives throughout their tenancies in line with SLA’s vision of a sustainable and eco-friendly area. 

Didi Lifestyle will offer retail, food and beverages, workshop offerings and seasonal pop-up events in the near future. It will also deploy solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations.

Charlotte Puxley Flowers will have weekly floral workshops and offer lifestyle event spaces for hosting special occasions and workshops. There will also be a hydroponics system to grow plants and an outdoor cafe decorated with plants and backdrops for pictures.


Both of these tenants plan to attain a pet-friendly licence in the future. PHOTO CREDIT: DIDI LIFESTYLE PTE LTD, CHARLOTTE PUXLEY FLOWERS PTE LTD


According to SLA, the vision for Gillman Barracks is to be a creative lifestyle precinct that incorporates ideas to drive green initiatives, inject vibrancy and facilitate around-the-clock engagement with the wider community.

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