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Traditional cooking, native ingredients to be featured in Madrid Fusion Manila

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By Charina Clarisse Echaluce

The traditional cooking techniques and native ingredients would be showcased in the Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM) 2018.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (DOT/Manila Bulletin)

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo (DOT/Manila Bulletin)

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo disclosed that next year’s theme for the culinary festival is “Innovating Tradition.”

“The chefs of today’s world are now going back to their roots looking into their pantries and discovering what is available in their own locales — produce ingredients, forgotten or age-old techniques, making them new and responsive to our time,” Teo said.

Teo, Tourism Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr., Lourdes Plana of Foro de Debate, and Iñigo Iribarnegaray of Vocento inked the partnership for the MFM 2018, which be held from April 19 to April 21, 2018 at a mall in Pasay City.

“For our first two years, we were establishing the Philippines as a center of gastronomy but now that the awareness is building we need to come up with the tour packages already to further promote the country as a culinary destination,” shared Tourism director and MFM project director Verna Buensuceso.

Foreign travel and tour operators met with Filipino counterparts during the Culinary Tourism Travel Exchange, an added feature of MFM 2017, to discuss collaborations and partnerships on culinary tour programs.

“We want to have more buyers and tour operators abroad coming for the promotion of Philippine culinary and farm tourism next year,” Buensuceso noted.

The MFM is the only Asian edition of the Madrid Fusion, which is regarded as the “single most important international gastronomy congress in the 21st century.”

“We at the DOT [Department  of Tourism] and our travel industry partners hope to develop and promote culinary tourism and spur tourism arrivals,” Teo concluded.

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