What's on: Celebrate food & culinary trends at Madrid Fusion Manila in April

This year's Madrid Fusion Manila has it all covered, from a gastronomy congress for professionals to a trade fair for consumers

Celebrity chef Roland Ludic at Madrid Fusion 2015. Screengrab from Madrid Fusion ManilaScreengrab from Madrid Fusion Manila's Facebook

Celebrate food and wine and keep abreast of culinary trends at Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM), the only Asian edition of Madrid Fusion, which opens its three day event on April 9 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City .

This year's Madrid Fusion revolves around the theme “The Manila Galleon: East Meets West”, in celebration of the 450th anniversary of the Galleon Trade. Event highlights include the International Gastronomy Congress, MFM Trade Exhibition, and “Flavors of the Philippines”, a month-long cultural and gastronomic affair with restaurants, bars and food trucks from all over the Philippines joining in.

A chef's showcase at last year's Madrid Fusion Manila. Screengrab from Madrid Fusion Manila Facebook page

The International Gastronomy Congress will have a star-studded lineup of chefs from Asia, Europe and the Americas sharing their ideas on food and culinary trends, particularly from their respective regions. Speakers from the East include chef Yoshiro Narisawa “Narisawa” from Japan, Indonesia’s chef Kevin Cherkas of “Cuca”, Philippines’ chef Romy Dorotan and local food hero Amy Besa of “Purple Yam Manila and New York”, and chef Myke Sarthou of “Alab”, also from the Philippines. The West’s line up of speakers include chef Ricard Camarena of “Ricard Camarena” from Spain, chef Virgilio Martinez of “Central” from Peru, and chef Enrique Olvera of “Pujol” from Mexico, to name a few. Registration costs P20,000 (US$444) per person. Students get a 10 per cent discount. Those who are joining get access to the three-day congress plus a certificate. For more information about the congress, call +632 893 7973 local 517, email [email protected]  

A dish whipped up by local chef Rob Pengson at last year's Madrid Fusion Manila. Screengrab from Madrid Fusion Manila's Facebook page
Coinciding with the International Gastronomy Congress, also at the SMX convention center, is the MFM Trade Exhibition, showcasing food and beverage, hospitality, and culinary products targeted at professionals and consumers. Ticket are sold on site at P500 per person but to reserve, go to Madrid Fusion Manila’s Trade Exhibition page. For more information on the trade exhibit, call Joel Pascual at +632 929 7993, email [email protected]

“Flavors of the Philippines”, a month-long cultural and gastronomic affair will see a strong participation from restaurants, bars and food trucks from all over the Philippines. Organized by the Department of Tourism/Tourism Promotions Board, "Flavors of the Philippines" kicked off on March 12 with the Paella Gigante, an event where some of the country’s top chefs came together to cook a 10-foot diameter paella at Greenbelt 3 Park in Makati City.

Last year’s Madrid Fusion saw 88 exhibitors and 175 booths and about 6,000 trade visitors. Marje Devantes, who represents one of the organizers, said they expect this year’s event to surpass last year’s figures.

Read our blog on Paella Gigante Festival.

For inquiries on Madrid Fusion, email [email protected] or @[email protected], visit Madrid Fusion Manila.   

Published March 2016