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    Giant paella at ‘Flavors of the Philippines’

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    A giant paella valenciana complete with chorizo, chicken, and seafood, and cooked the traditional way over charcoal and firewood, will be the centerpiece of the festival

    A giant paella valenciana complete with chorizo, chicken, and seafood, and cooked the traditional way over charcoal and firewood, will be the centerpiece of the festival

    Take part in feasting a 10-foot diameter paella valenciana at the “Festival de la Paella Gigante III” today at Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

    The paella festival is part of nationwide food festival “Flavors of the Philippines,” which is a prelude to the Madrid Fusion Manila 2015. It is just one of the myriad of events that make up the month-long celebration happening for the whole month simultaneously in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

    Mounted by the Department of Tourism, the nationwide food festival features various activities ranging from food markets to featured food and menus in hundreds of venues, aiming to position the country as the heart of culinary interest worldwide and to showcase the rich and delicious culinary encounter between Spanish and Filipino chefs.

    At the helm of this event are Spanish chef Mikel Arriet, Filipino chefs J Gamboa, Fernando Aracama, Carlo Miguel, Gilbert Pangilinan, Jerome Valencia, Sito Senn, James Antolin and LTB Philippines Chefs Association.

    The centerpiece is the giant paella valenciana, complete with chorizo, chicken, and seafood and will be cooked the traditional way over charcoal and firewood. It will be good for 1,000 people and will be sold at P200 per plate, for the benefit of Sociedad Española de Beneficencia and their programs.

    Besides the paella festival, Flavors of the Philippines also includes tapas festivals, food tours and tastings, agricultural fairs, bazaars, food festivals in restaurant and hotels, gourmet meals and special dinners by celebrity chefs in select restaurants and hotel outlets, mall based- activities and events, food trucks, concert and music festivals and finally, food features in museums, galleries, theaters and malls.

    With 2015 dubbed as the Visit the Philippines Year, the country proudly hosts Madrid Fusion-Manila, Spain’s famed culinary event and leading international gastronomic gathering. The fusion brings elite chefs and culinary experts in one venue to discuss important culinary issues such as evolution of tastes, trends in food, and new food habits.

    Visit www.madridfusionmanila.com for more information.

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