Roughly 22 years ago, Fern and Kiwi was an idea, bounced around the table by two Kiwi blokes, who thought it would be a great idea to open up a New Zealand food and beverage place in Singapore.
On the evening of Wednesday 5 September 2012, that idea became reality, when Fern and Kiwi held its "pre-launch" invitation only event. The actual launch; open to the public, takes place the next day on Thursday 6 September.
When I arrived at the pre-launch, there were flowers lining the front of the establishment. In Singapore, for a grand opening, flowers are delivered to the business, they usually come from the suppliers, the landlord or building owner. The flower displays are to wish the new business success. You could tell by looking at the management and staff the nerves were in full force; like a dress rehearsal before the actual launch day.
Drinks were of course on offer. There is a selection of New Zealand Beers; Steinlager, Macs Gold and Speights to name a few. They even have wine on tap!
|Kia Ora - Welcome to Fern & Kiwi|
|A glass of New Zealand bubbly upon arrival|
The official part of the evening started off with a Karakia (Maori blessing) by Joe Harawira, who is an international storyteller. A Karakia is said to bless a site.
After the Karakia, the New Zealand High Commissioner, His Excellency Peter Hamilton gave an address and cut the ribbon to formally announce the opening of Fern & Kiwi.
|New Zealand High Commissioner - HE Peter Hamilton|
After the formal part of the evening was done, it was time for us Kiwi's to celebrate. Jason Kerrison, frontman of one of New Zealand's favourite band; Opshop, flew into Singapore especially to join in this special occasion.
Given the chance; get down to Fern and Kiwi at Clarke Quay, and enjoy some Kiwi Style tucker/food. Most of the produce is flown in from New Zealand such as Lamb, Beef, potatoes and even the tomatoes, so the taste buds will be in for a treat!
Here are some more pictures for you to enjoy.
|Events are just not the same without promo gals|
|The bar, with the Greenstone panels|
|Spiral staircase which leads up to the seated dining area|
|Where the wonderful New Zealand kai (food) comes from|
|Some of the artwork / photos you'll see|
Thank you to the Management and Staff for a
See you again soon!