Linggo, Hunyo 4, 2017

World Street Food Congress 2017: Re-Imagine Possibilities

WSFC is one of the world’s biggest food destinations and with an even bigger and better event this year, it will sure to attract more global attention. This paves the way for the Philippines to be recognized as one of the world’s most go-to food destinations.

Over 30 authentic street food vendors from 13 nations, including the Philippines, showcased and dazzle the foodies at the World Street Food Jamboree component. Top heritage street food vendors and celebrity chefs from across the globe had flock here in Manila for an exciting five days of a gastronomic adventure of local and international street food at the World Street Food Congress (WSFC) 2017.  
Photo credits Ms. Mir Buenaventura

The five-day gastronomic adventure opened last May 31, 2017, at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds and had run until June 4, 2017. This year it was bigger and better, attracted thousands of culinary experts, hawkers, and foodies from across the globe.

Organized by K.F. Seetoh of Makansutra and presented by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), WSFC17 highlights three components: the World Street Food Dialogue, the World Street Food Jamboree, and the World Street Food Awards.

The World Street Food Dialogue is the world’s only conference and network event that serves as a venue for industry players, individuals and companies to converge, share idea, and collaborate on heritage and street food culture.

Leading the roster of speakers are international food and travel celebrity, Anthony Bourdain and the creator of the widely read food and travel blog, Our Awesome Planet and co-founder of Mercato Centrale, Anton Diaz, as well as the country’s very own food maven, Chef Claude Tayag.

Leading the roster of dialogue speakers are:
  • Anthony Bourdain, international food and travel celebrity
  • Greg Drescher who is currently the vice-president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). 
  • Claude Tayag, who specializes in Kapampangan dishes and owns the famous Bale Datung.
  • Sau Del Rosario who is a proud owner of the popular modern Kapampangan café, Café Fleur and 25 Seeds
  • SARSA’s JP Anglo, and Rafael Jardeleza who is the founder of project director of the annual Tabu-an Western Visayas Ilonggo Heritage Cooking Competition and Food Fair.
  • Mai Pham, author of several award-winning cookbooks including The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and Flavours of Asia.
  • Malcolm Lee who is the head chef and owner of the first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut, to name a few. 

List of speakers:
Greg Drescher
Who is currently the vice-president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

Mai Pham
The author of several award-winning cookbooks including The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and Flavours of Asia.

Malcolm Lee
Who is the head chef and owner of the first Michelinstarred Peranakan restaurant, to mention a few.

The World Street Food Jamboree is for food aficionados as it featured over 40 different international street food from:
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • USA
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • India
  • China
  • Taiwan
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Philippines

Everyone can find a wide array of authentic heritage street-food, meet celebrity chefs, and watch exciting cooking demos.

Pinoy specialties from six provinces across the country are unearthed with fun twists and new interpretations. Among those featured is the ever famous Batchoy from Iloilo, a rare fusion of Kare-kare and Palabok from the country’s culinary capital, Pampanga, and the mouth-watering pork monggo from Pres. Duterte’s favorite karinderia in Davao, to name a few.

Must-tries from international hawkers include Sweet Black Vinegar with Pork Trotter Stew from China, Nasi Lemak from Singapore, Bánh bèo Bích Liên from Vietnam and Claypot Apom Manis from Malaysia.

Foods that I had tried which are yummy and delicious during the food tasting area after the Dialogue.

The event also recognizes individuals who possess characteristics of a true street food professional including perseverance and the ability to identify possibilities that nurture the world’s comfort and street culinary heritage. These individuals are honored at the World Street Food Awards.

Hosted in Manila for the second time since its establishment in 2013, WSFC17 celebrates and discusses inherent opportunities in global heritage and street food culture. It continues to attract more global attention and along with it, the Philippines is also being recognized as one of the most dynamic and fastest growing gastro countries in Asia.

For more information about WSFC17 visit, www.wsfcongress.com.

It was such a fun event of sharing insights, developments and opportunities in street food heritage and culture in the World Street Food Dialogue. 

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