Flavors of America

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US Ambassador Goldberg enjoys America’s fine wine with former Philippine Basketball Association players Vince Hizon (beside his wife, Patricia) and Nic Belasco

US Ambassador Goldberg enjoys America’s fine wine with former Philippine Basketball Association players Vince Hizon (beside his wife, Patricia) and Nic Belasco

Ambassador Goldberg opens American food festival
IN the spirit of friendship and camaraderie, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg led the opening of an American food festival in Manila this month, with the aim of sharing his country’s classic and modern cuisine.

Dubbed “All American, All Good,” the food event can be experienced at the Marriott Hotel throughout July. It features signature American favorites prepared with modern twists by hotel guest chef John Havens. To further ensure the authenticity of flavors, the chef only used ingredients and products from his land.

One of the favorites at the festival was the Certified Angus Beef (CAB), which continuously enter many Filipino restaurants. The imported US beef sales to the Philippines are expected to reach $60 million this year, higher from $54.5 million in 2013, according to data from the US Embassy.

The US ambassador with the food festival’s guest chef, John Havens

The US ambassador with the food festival’s guest chef, John Havens

Another favorite American products are the wines, which have also gained popularity in the local market.


Furthermore, the embassy also pointed out that the Philippines has enjoyed a booming trade relationship with the US in recent years.

In 2013, US food and beverage exports to the Philippines increased by 15 percent to a record $1 billion. Filipinos purchased enough value added US goods in last year to fill roughly 25,000 container trucks spanning 300 kilometers.

Mouth-watering all-American buffet

Mouth-watering all-American buffet

Trade in agricultural goods is also a particularly promising sector between the two nations. Total US exports of agricultural products to the Philippines were 20 percent higher from January to May this year than in the same period last year. Meanwhile, imports from the Philippines were up over 7 percent, making the US the largest importer of Philippines agricultural products.

As both nations constantly explore new opportunities for economic collaboration, it is in the food and beverage sector that this strong relationship is best celebrated.

For information on the food festival, contact Marriott Hotel Manila at 988-9999.

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