Asia’s biggest food celebration, the World Street Food Congress (WSFC)
is back in Manila this 2017. The five-day gastronomic adventure opens on
31 May 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds and will run until 04
June 2017. It is set to be bigger and better, attracting 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, ideate, and collaborate on heritage and
street food culture.
Leading the roster of speakers for this program 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
Also included in the list of speakers is Greg Drescher who is currently the
vice-president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The
Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Joining him are Mai Pham, author of
several award-winning cookbooks including The Best of Vietnamese &
Thai Cooking, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and Flavours of Asia
and, Malcolm Lee who is the head chef and owner of the first Michelinstarred
Peranakan restaurant, to mention a few.
The two-day World Street Food Dialogue happens on 31 May to 01 June
2017 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.
The World Street Food Jamboree is a must-see for food aficionados as it
features over 40 different international street food from Germany, Mexico,
USA, Thailand, Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam,
Indonesia, Singapore and of course, the Philippines. Here one 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 everfamous
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.
The World Street Food Jamboree opens on 31 May to 02 June 2017 at
4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, 03 June 2017 at 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and on 04
June 2017 at 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
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