By Nana Ozaeta
Now on its third year, Madrid Fusión Manila is back on April 6 to 8. The who’s who of the Philippine food scene will soon be descending on SMX Convention Center for three food-filled days of stimulating talks by the world’s best chefs, non-stop food and wine tastings and seminars, and lots of food discoveries that await. As “veterans” of two previous years of Madrid Fusión Manila, we’re here to tell you what’s in store and how to get the most out of this exciting gastronomic event.
What is Madrid Fusión?
If you want to know about future food trends and avant-garde culinary ideas, then you can’t miss Madrid Fusión. Based in Madrid, Spain, Madrid Fusión is the world’s premiere gastronomic event that has been bringing together the world’s most revered chefs since 2003. The Philippines’ very own chefs Margarita Forés, Myrna Segismundo, Chele Gonzalez, and this year, Tatung Sarthou, have gone on the Madrid stage to spread the word about Philippine cuisine. Since 2015, the Philippines has had the privilege of hosting the first and only Asian edition of Madrid Fusión.
What is the big idea at this year’s Madrid Fusión Manila?
This year’s theme, “Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet” addresses issues of food wastage, sustainability, climate change. At the International Gastronomy Congress, be prepared to listen to thought-provoking talks by 22 top caliber chefs from Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, the UK, the US, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines. Visit www.madridfusionmanila for the complete list of speakers and schedule of talks.
If I don’t attend the Congress, what else is there to do?
Right next door to the Congress, there is the Fusión Manila International Gastronomy Expo. You’ll discover new local ingredients and food products that showcase the Philippines’ agricultural bounty and food innovation. There, you’ll also find the Spain Pavilion that offers the best of Spanish food and wine. The Expo has exhibits on culinary tourism, farm and agri-tourism, not to mention seminars and food tastings throughout the three days.
Where will MFM be held and what are its opening hours?
Like the two previous years, MFM is at the 2nd floor of the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. MFM opens its doors at 8:30 am every day, with closings at 6:30 pm on April 6, 6:00 pm on April 7, and 5:00 pm on April 8.
How do I get in?
The International Gastronomy Congress is open to paying delegates only. If you’re interested in attending, visit www.madridfusionmanila.com to register as a delegate. The Fusión Manila International Gastronomy Expo is open to trade professionals only on April 6 to 7, and is open to the general public (with a P500 entrance fee) on April 8. Visit www.madridfusionmanila.com to register as a Congress delegate or as a trade visitor.
What else is happening aside from the three-day Congress and Expo?
Don’t miss out on Flavors of the Philippines, a month-long calendar of food events happening around the country, in conjunction with Madrid Fusion Manila. The calendar is filled with every kind of food event imaginable that showcases the Philippines as a culinary tourism destination. Visit food festivals and fiestas, attend culinary tours, join dinners with the stars, drop by mall-wide food events, participate in cook fests and bar crawls—the list goes on! Visit www.madridfusionmanila.com for a complete list of events.
Madrid Fusión Manila is a joint partnership of the Philippines’ Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotions Board, and Madrid Fusión organizers Foro de Debate and Arum Estrategias de Internacionalizacion. The event is managed by The Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers, Inc. (PACEOS).