Announcing… World Street Food Congress in Manila! (April 20-24, 2016)

Related Post: World Street Food Congress 2015: Making Filipino Food a Global Sensation! (A Photo Essay)

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I’m so excited to announce that the World Street Food Congress will be held during the delicious month of April in Manila! 

The World Street Food Congress (WSFC) is a symposium, conference and a mega street feasting festival that celebrates and seeks opportunities and possibilities for the world’s most popular food culture – heritage and comfort street food.

The WSFC is not just about comfort food and deliciousness. The WSF Dialogue component is about addressing issues of preservation, sustainability, relevance and the world of opportunities we can create tomorrow.

The third installation of the WSFC2016 sails from Singapore to the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Metro Manila, Philippines, after two successful runs in the Lion City (2013 and 2015).

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“You can create a culinary brand with just a food cart or hawker stall, no need for fancy expensive set ups” – Anthony Bourdain, food and travel TV host and author at WSFC13


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“Good food shouldn’t be expensive, it should be comforting, real and affordable. That’s where the feeding frenzy happens and where a world of opportunities reside” KF Seetoh, Founder – Makansutra and Creator-WSFC

The Philippines, voted by CNN as one of the most exciting culinary cities to watch, has a dynamic food heritage inherited from its native flavors and the many world culinary concepts. It learnt and adapted from the visitors it had over centuries including Spain, China, Indonesia, America and even Japan.


The World Street Food Congress has three components:


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The WSF Dialogue will kick-off the festival from April 20 – 21, 2016.

The WSF Dialogue will be located at the Spaceman location  7th Avenue and 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines


Presenters and Speakers at The World Street Food Dialogue April 20th- 21st 2016

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  1. Stephen Werther, creator Bourdain Market, New York, USA

  2. Richard Tan, Former Director of The Hawkers Department, National Environment Agency, Singapore

  3. Anton Diaz, Culinary Commentator and Founder, The Awesome Planet, Philippines

  4. Sean Basinsky, The Vendy Project (Urban Justice), Street Vendors Project, New York

  5. KF Seetoh, Creator and Curator, World Street Food Congress and Founder of Makansutra

  6. William Wongso,Indonesian Food Ambassador, TV Host, Author and Consultant

  7. Malcolm Lee, Chef Owner, Candlenut (Peranakan Restaurant), Singapore

  8. Sangeeta Singh, National Assn of Street Vendors India(NAVI)

  9. Brett Burmeister, Consultant, Commentator, Portland Food Carts and Trucks, USA

  10. Nemo Phan, Heritage Food Commentator , Ho Chi Minh , Vietnam

  11. Odilia Wineke, Editor Detik. Com, CNN Indonesia

  12. Woo Wai Leong, Winner of the First Season of The MasterChef Asia

  13. Ian Kittichai, Award-winning Chef, Author and Television Personality

  14. A Hawker Panel, where top international Hawkers will touch on their journey and aspirations

  15. The Pitch Box, where a 3-minute segment is given to all the younger comfort food warriors and commentators to distill their aspirations and goals on stage

  16. More speakers to be announced soon..


Presentations and Demonstrations

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It will include cooking demonstrations of iconic dishes from various presenters including, Indonesia’s William Wongso, Woo Wai Leong, Asia’s first MasterChef winner and Singapore’s Malcolm Lee who will be featuring iconic Peranakan dishes that are rarely seen in the Philippines.


Tickets to the WSF Dialogue

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Tickets are available at www.wsfcongress from registration/.

Rack rate tickets range from U$250.00 each and it includes tea breaks and lunch on both days, a PHP1200 Jamboree food voucher and a special WSFC16 gift pack for each participant.

(Note: Corporate bulk tickets and student discounts are available upon request.)




International Hawkers at The World Street Food Jamboree April 20th – 24th 2016

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There will be up to 24 hawkers from around the world, setting up their stalls and offering unique and iconic street food fare at the World Street Food Jamboree.


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It will feature street food stalls from:

  •  The Philippines (Flavors of the Philippines)

  •  Malaysia (Mee Siam, Assam Laksa)

  •  Indonesia (Martabak Makobar, Sate Maranggi, Iga Babi Bakar, Ayam Taliwang)

  •  Thailand (Hoy Tod)

  •  Vietnam (Nam Bo – Sticky Rice Banana, Banh Can – Seafood Pancake)

  •  India (one Vegetarian and a non-vegetarian stall from NASVI- National Association of Street Vendors of India)

  •  Singapore (Kway Chap and Braised Duck, Prawn Paste Chicken Burger, Triple Sauce Seafood Tempura, Fried Carrot Cake)

  •  USA (Churos Loco, Mexican Tacos)


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Date: 20th April 2016 (Wed) to 24th April 2016 (Sun)





Prices of Food
: From PHP 200 onwards

Opening Hours:
Wednesday to Friday, 20- 22 April 2016: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, 23 April 2016: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday, 24 April 2016: 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Entrance is Free!


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WSF Jamboree Location: Federacion Drive and 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines 


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Check out our WSFC experience in Singapore:  World Street Food Congress 2015: Making Filipino Food a Global Sensation! (A Photo Essay)




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The World Street Food Awards will be back in 2016 to recognise the best players and professionals in this field.

Below are the 5 categories of awards:

  1. Best 20 Street Food Masters

  2. Best Street Food City

  3. Best Street Food Concept/Restaurant

  4. Best Writer/Commentator/Blogger

  5. Best Publication



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Save the Date — April 20-24, 2016! Don’t miss this historic and biggest food event in Manila!

For more information, visit


Live an Awesome Life,



Disclosure: This is the official press release from Makansutra announcing the event in Manila. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Please contact Rache Diaz +63 917 5683627 or via email for sponsorship opportunities and how to participate in the WSF Congress.

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