Madrid Fusión Manila (MFM), the biggest culinary event in Asia, is back for its third year, and it's packed with the best chefs from around the world with the most sumptuous and Instagram-worthy dishes this side of the globe.
In partnership with the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA), Madrid Fusión Manila 2017 offers foodies an array of events that will not just fill up tummies, but all the senses. Here's what you should definitely not miss at MFM:
Learn from the best
Just like the first two installments of MFM, world-renowned chefs are flying to the Philippines to share their stories, techniques, and advocacies around this year's theme: "Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet."
The impressive line of chef speakers includes Michelin Starred chefs like Magnus Ek from Sweden, Pedro Subijana from Spain, Paco Pérez from Catalan, and Julien Royer from Singapore.
From the Philippines, chefs Gene Gonzalez from the iconic Café Ysabel, Josh Boutwood of The Test Kitchen, Jordy Navarra of Toyo Eatery, and Robby Goco of Cyma will be presenting the role of sustainability in our country's unique flavors.
On the third day of the congress, make sure to catch the premier of Seasons of Salt, a documentary by chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou about the Philippines' salt industry—one of the most underappreciated yet important industries in the country.
Indulge in mouthwatering regional lunches
The DOT and the DA, with some of the country's most celebrated chefs, have curated two glorious lunches for all MFM attendees to enjoy.
Day one's regional lunch will be all about rice and its ever-tasty adaptability from appetizers to main courses to desserts. Chefs like Nicco Santos of Hey Handsome and Your Local fame, and Miko Aspiras of Le Petit Souffle will be two of the chefs that will prepare their own interpretation of rice dishes in the Philippines. Celebrity chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou—who represented the Philippines in Madrid Fusión in Spain early this year—will also be preparing his own rice dish for the regional lunch.
Day two's regional lunch will be all about the art and science of cooking without wasting anything. Chefs JP Anglo of Sarsa, Mikel Zaguirre of Locavore, and Patrick Go of Black Sheep are just some of the chefs who will be preparing one of the most exciting and adventurous lunches you'll ever have.
For the third and last regional lunch, chef Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung and MFM alumna Margarita Forés of Cibo will be part of the group of chefs that will be creating dishes around corn and seafood.
Enjoy local food booths and nationwide festivals
Aside from the gourmet lunches, make sure to drop by the food booths for more things to munch and even take home.
There are different booths every day, like Pepita's Kitchen, El Union, Machiavelli Chocolatier, and Liquido Maestro on day one; MNL Creamery, Risa Chocolates, ABV Bar, and Hiraya Bakery on day two; and Malagos, Fresh Start, Destileria Limtuaco, and Homegrown Organics on the last day.
The rest of the country can experience MFM through the two-month-long food festival called "Flavors of the Philippines" in selected SM malls nationwide.
Mall-goers will be treated to fun and delicious cooking demonstrations by chefs and gourmands, food fairs, and amazing food tastings. All events are open to the public and will run until May 30, 2017 so make sure to catch the MFM madness.
Madrid Fusión Manila 2017 is on April 6-8, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. For more information, visit www.madridfusionmanila.com.
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