What You Need to Know Before Going to World Street Food Congress 2017
Do we even need to mention again that Anthony Bourdain will be there?
(SPOT.ph) It's time once again to celebrate food in its most humble and culturally-rich form: as street food! World Street Food Congress 2017 will be held once again in the Philippines from May 31 to June 4. New to this culinary feast? We round up five facts you need to know.
World Street Food Congress 2017 team captain Chef Sau del Rosario just posted a map of the jamboree! The French-trained chef heads the Philippine contingent while also serving as their mentor.
1. This year's World Street Food Congress is bigger than before.
The World Street Food Congress Jamboree (a.k.a. the actual food fair) will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. There will be 28 pop-up stalls including six from the Philippines (Satti Tausug, Thrunks and Chef Andres Nacion, Cafe Fleur and Taklawa, Fresh Start Organics and Sarsa Group, Rafael's La Cocina de Sur, and Lanie's Batac and Herencia). Participants also include Mexico (Pasilio de Humo), Japan (Kushikatsu Daruma), and the United States (Year of the Fish Food Cart). Like a true food fair, there'll also be live bands and cooking demos sponsored by Electrolux. It's truly a global feast!
2. Prepare some cash for the Jamboree.
Tickets will cost you P150 per day. But hey, the fee is converted into vouchers which you can then use to buy food and drinks throughout the day. You won't have to worry about whipping out cash every time your eyes catch something particularly appetizing (which will happen pretty frequently).
3. Anthony Bourdain is back in Manila for the World Street Food Congress
Yes, the celebrity chef is back! He'll be one of several speakers participating in the World Street Food Congress Dialogue, happening from May 31 to June 1 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds*. He'll be joining other chefs and innovators in the food industry like Chef Andy Yang, the Michelin-starred chef behind Thai concept Rhong Tiam, Chef Claude Tayag, Chef Malcolm Lee of Candlenut, and more. For a full list of speakers (still constantly updated!), check out the official WSFC website.
4. Tickets to the WSFC Dialogue are kind of like tickets to a huge concert.
But hey, if it's for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Anthony Bourdain in the flesh, we'll gladly splurge. Tickets are currently available at the official WSFC website for U.S. $250 (roughly P12,250)—there are discounts available for students and groups of three and 10. The fee will include a goodie bag, lunch, and refreshments.
5. Be there early!
A crowd of 100,000 people is expected at this year's WSFC—roughly 30,000 more than the visitors last year. While the grounds this year are much more spacious, you'd do well to head early to avoid crowds and long lines. The World Street Food Congress will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (May 31 to June 2), 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. (June 3), and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. (June 4).
For more information, log on to the official World Street Food Congress website.
*Update: The first version of this article stated that the WSFC Dialogue will be held at the Conrad Hotel. This has since been corrected.