Gourmets can look forward to a week of epicurean indulgence at the ninth New World Food and Wine Festival, which returns to Singapore after a two-year absence. The festival, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia, has an impressive line-up of top chefs, such as Jacques Reymond (below), who has an eponymous restaurant in Melbourne, and David Lee, of Splendido, one of Toronto's finest eateries. The seven-day event, which runs from August 13 to 19, offers lunches, dinners and wine-tastings - of Doolhof (South Africa), Yalumba (Barossa Valley), Concha y Toro (Chile) and ports by Quinta do Vesuvio. It concludes with a gala dinner and Sunday brunch. For the first time since the festival started in 1996, gourmands seeking the ultimate private-dining experience can enjoy a seven-course degustation dinner at a table (limited to 10 guests) presided over by one of the visiting chefs. The tables will be set in the hotel's 150 sq ft kitchen, making the meal a 'personal, interactive experience', says Ritz-Carlton executive chef Geoffrey Bone, who is co-chairman of the festival. Other highlights include a cuisine du temps dinner on August 14 presented by Reymond, a six-course menu prepared by Lee and paired with wines from Kendall-Jackson on August 16 and an afternoon demonstration by pastry chef Frederic Loraschi on August 17. See www.nwfwfestival.com for more information.