This is a dream of mine about Indonesia. That one day there will be a heritage festival to showcase the country industrial heritage. Like in Singapore this year.

One of the program is showing the local sugar industry. Traditional snacks like the South Indian string hoppers, putu mayam, are often served with a generous helping of orange-coloured sugar. The sugar is processed at the Cheng Yew Heng Candy Factory in Senoko, Singapore, where it was first turned orange in the 1950s. The company started out producing preserved fruits and Chinese candies in 1947.

The Cheng Yew Heng is one of the biggest suppliers of refined sugar here, with 60 per cent of the market share and the only rock sugar manufacturer in Singapore.

The 15th edition of the Singapore Heritage Festival will take participants on a tour of the home-grown company to learn about the production process and "how the company manages to hit that sweet spot between tradition and change".

There will be guided tours of Jurong Town Hall - a symbol of Singapore's successful post-independence industrialisation programme. Sited on a hill, the futuristic building, reminiscent of a ship, was gazetted a national monument in 2015 .

 The monument will host an immersive roving performance by theatre group Sweet Tooth that takes visitors through the Jurong story with music, song and storytelling. Visitors will get the chance to interact with characters of Jurong's past. They include a rubber plantation worker and a soldier.

The festival also aims to showcase the eclectic mix of businesses and creative entrepreneurs in Jalan Besar. The programme includes guided architectural and food tours, and a market showcasing local talents including artists, designers and craftsmen. 

(Source: The Strait Times, Melody Zaccheus)

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