MANILA – Around 100,000 visitors are expected to flock to the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds this week for World Street Food Congress 2017.
This year’s WSFC, set from May 31 to June 4, will feature street food chefs and vendors from the Philippines, Singapore, India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, United States, Thailand, Mexico, Germany and Japan.
Here are some of the things you need to know about this much awaited food event:
1. There will be 28 food stalls this year
Visitors can choose from a total of 28 food stalls in WSFC 2017, all personally curated by the event’s founder, KF Seetoh. Six of them are from the Philippines.
Each dish is expected to cost at least P150. Chef Sau del Rosario of the Philippines has given his Instagram followers a complete list of participating stalls.
2. Want to see Anthony Bourdain? Prepare to spend a lot
Popular chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain will be back in the Philippines this year to join the WSFC.
If you want to see him in person, attend the Dialogues, which will gather Bourdain and fellow speakers and chefs.
A standard ticket costs $250 (around P12,452.75 as of writing), with discounted rates for students and groups of three and 10 adults.
3. There will be a lot of activities, so be there early
The food stalls may be more than enough for some, but this year’s WSFC is bigger and better, with plenty of activities lined up for visitors.
Live cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the event, featuring dishes from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and the Philippines.
These can be watched for free, but guests are encouraged to reserve seats at the WSFC website.
One of the event’s sponsors, Globe myBusiness, has also lined up talks aimed at helping food entrepreneurs. They have tapped Chef JJ Yulo and Yummy.ph to share their knowledge about the best practices in the food industry.
Make sure to be there early to make the most out of the event. The WSFC will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. from May 31 to June 2, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 3, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 4.