The city government of Makati, through its Museum and Cultural Affairs (MCAO), will be holding the 2nd Makati Food Festival featuring Filipino and international cuisines on November 4 to 6, 2016 at the Greenbelt 3 Park, Ayala Center.
Mayor Abby Binay said the three-day food festival will be open on the said dates from 11am to 2pm, and then reopen from 4:30pm to 9pm. She said cooking demonstrations led by renowned chefs will also be held at the venue, along with free food tasting.
For the food festival’s opening on Friday, November 4, the opening ceremonies will start at 11am. At 3pm, 10 admired celebrity chefs will be featured in “Fiesta de Paellas”, a tribute to Don Alba who introduced Paella to the country and endeared himself to the community by sharing his culinary expertise.
Celebrity chefs who will be featured include Chefs BJ Bidar, Day Salonga, Mon Urbano, Dedet dela Fuente, Erling Rune, Him Uy de Baron, Isaiah Ortega, Jaja Andal, Menoy Gimenez, Miguel de Alba and Timothy Decker Gokioco.
Among the cuisines that will be served during the three-day food festival are Nuernberger with sanerkrant in a bun and Frikadellen with potato salad of German Club (German); Chickpea salad with octopus and codfish, Pasteis de Nata and Pasteis de Queijo of Belinyas Pasteis de Nata (Portugal); Paella,Lengua with rice and Callos with rice of Alba (Spain).
Dak Bulgogi, Kalbi Jim, Bulgogi and Dweaji Bulgogi of Kaya Korean Restaurant Rice Toppings (Korea); Montaditos(Butifarra, Butifarra Choricera, Pork Belly, Chicken Brochette and Bacalao a la Vizcaina) of MGourmet Deliteca (Spain); Pad Thai of Royal Thai Embassy; and Beef Rendang, Nasi Gorengand Soto Betawi of Indonesian Embassy.
On November 5 at 7am, there will be an “Adobo Cooking Contest” at Makati City Hall Quadrangle to be conducted by the“Adobo Queen of the Philippines”, Chef Nancy Reyes Lumen.
It is an Inter-barangay Adobo Cooking Contest in cooperation with the Makati Education & Cultural Kagawads Association (MECKA) headed by Chairman of Barangay PinagkaisahanFernando Bolo, and Liga ng mga Barangay headed by Councilor Armand Padilla. Eighteen barangays of Makati will participate in the contest, including Forbes Park, Magallanes, Bangkal, San Isidro, Pio del Pilar, Sta. Cruz, Poblacion, Tejeros, and Carmona.
Other participants include Pinagkaisahan, Pitogo, Guadalupe Nuevo, Pembo, Rizal, East Rembo, Cembo, Guadalupe Viejo,and West Rembo.
Prizes for the contest are as follows: First Prize-P30,000; Second Prize-P20,000; and Third Prize-P10,000. Chefs Erling Rune, Z Leila Kusinera and Chris Urbano will serve as the judges for the said cooking contest. Give-aways will also be given to early birds, courtesy of sponsors. It will be hosted by Rendon Araneta.
At 5pm on the same day, there will be a cooking demonstration of a Spanish cuisine at Greenbelt 3 Park to be led by Chef Juan Manuel Montel.
On the last day of the food festival, Sunday, November 6 at 5pm, cooking demonstrations will be led by Chefs Nancy Reyes Lumen and Jaja Andal.
Participants at the 2nd Makati Food Festival include the Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Indonesia, Royal Thai Embassy, Consulate of Portugal, Alba Restaurante Español, Brankinho, Italfood, Kaya Korean Restaurant, MGourmet Deliteca, German Club, Chua’s, Bailon’s, Casa Armas and Citrus Zone.
The other participants are Greenbelt, Ayala Center, Filipino Heritage Festival, Masflex, Solane, La Germania, Ajinomoto and Fresh Options Meatshop.