I am a big fan of food markets. If only I can blog about the ones I visited as quickly as I gobbled up the food they sell. :D
Imagine my excitement when I learned that the World Street Food Congress 2016 will be held here in Manila! I bookmarked the webpage, copied the schedule and looked for the location on google map. Oh the thrill of trying something new to your palate.
World Street Food Congress 2016 Schedule
April 20 to 22 (Wednesday to Friday) – 4 pm to 11 pm
April 23 (Saturday) – 12 pm to 11 pm
April 24 (Sunday) – 12 pm to 9 pm
World Street Food Congress 2016 Location
Federacion Drive and 9th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig
What to Expect
As with many other food markets currently operating in the Philippines, it is best to set expectations. Here are some things to consider if you fancy visiting the World Street Food Congress 2016 in Manila:
- Limited parking.
- Unlike most food markets, there are designated entrance and exit points.
- Entrance to the Jamboree, where all the food stalls are, is free.
- There are around 25 food stalls neatly clustered at the center of the venue.
- Although there are a good number of tables, you’ll be hard-pressed at finding a vacant one. As they say, “Share a seat, win a friend”.
- Photos (with description) of the meals being sold are posted on top of each stall.
- To order, you will need to queue twice. First, where they give you an order slip and make a payment and then to claim your food on the next.
- Come early. With the influx of all of Metro Manila (hahaha!) to the event, some of the stalls were sold out early or had to prepare new supplies which could take a couple of hours.
- Price ranges from 150 and up. Most of the entree-type meals are around 300 to 400 with portions leaning on the smallish side.
- Drinks are sold on a separate booth. Canned soda and bottled water go for Php 50 each.
- Dress comfortably and keep your cool. Summer + cooking + loads of people + long queues = Hangry.
With the price and smallish servings, some would say it’s a bit pricey. Though considering how authentic the dishes are and that you get to treat yourself to dishes from Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Indonesia, US and the Philippines all in one place, it’s a pretty good deal.
If you are not into al fresco dining, eating while standing (without a table), waiting on long queues and squeezing yourself through a wall of people, then the World Street Food Congress 2016 may not be for you. You can easily buy a good meal in a reputable restaurant for the same price. All that while being waited on and seated in air-conditioned comfort.
Though, in my opinion, that is exactly the point of the World Street Food Congress 2016. Street food, for me, invokes a sense of community. I remember as a kid, everyone goes out to the street when we hear the call of Dirty Ice Cream, Binatog, Bananacue… and right then and there everyone says hello to everyone. Sharing stories while enjoying their food. I guess that’s why I enjoy these food markets so much. If only they didn’t play such loud music, but that’s just me nitpicking. :P