Madrid Fusion Manila 2017: Regional Lunches

So Madrid Fusion Manila is back!

The Department of Agriculture (DA), the principal agency of the Philippine government responsible for the promotion of agricultural development, will once again highlight the country’s local ingredients in this year’s 3-day Regional Lunches in Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 from April 6 to 8, 2017 at SMX Convention Center Pasay City.

The regional lunches will showcase different local dishes made from the finest produce from the country’s main islands – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The DA will co-sponsor together with the Department of Tourism (DOT) the 3-day lunches by highlighting dishes prepared by the country’s up and coming chefs using local agri-products and ingredients.


The first day will highlight “Rice” as the main ingredient and will be curated by Angelo Comsti, the Editor-in-chief of F&B Magazine.

All the dishes in the DA Regional Lunches will be using ingredients produced by our local farmers and fisherfolk. With these efforts, the DA aims to raise the awareness of chefs, restaurateurs, and food enthusiasts that the Philippines can offer a variety of agricultural products and ingredients that is at par with international standards. This is in line with Secretary Emmanuel Pinol’s commitment to be the number one salesman of local produce to open new windows of opportunities to local farmers by showcasing agricultural products and linking them to the private sector for possible partnerships and collaborations.

Here are the schedule and details of the 3-day long Regional Lunches :

APRIL 6,2017 Thursday  – RICE 
Curator: Angelo Comsti
Chefs: Myke Tatung Sarthou, Miko Aspiras, Josh Boutwood, Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, David Cruz and Paul Samson, Dino Dizon, AJ Reyes, Nicco Santos, Kevin Tuason, Kristine Lotilla, Peachy Juban
Booths: El Union, Pepita’s Kitchen, Machiavelli Chocolatier, Liquido Maestro

Chefs for the second day will use meat products from “Nose to Tail” as main ingredients, and will be curated by Nina Daza-Puyat, Editor-in-chief of Appetite Magazine; Idge Mendoza, Assistant Editor of Yummy Magazine; and Sasha Lim Uy-Mariposa, Team Editor for Food and Drink of Esquire Magazine.

April 7, 2017 Friday – NOSE TO TAIL
Curator:  Nina Daza-Puyat, Idge Mendiola , Sasha Lim Uy-Mariposa 
Chefs: Sunshine Pengson, JP Anglo, Nino Laus, Patrick Go, Mikel Zaguirre, Francis Lim, Kalel Chan, Jay Gonzales 
Booths: The Moment Group, MNL Creamery, Risa Chocolate, Mama Sita, ABV Bar, Pedro Brewery, Hiraya Bakery 

Lastly, the third day will highlight dishes using “Corn” as the main ingredient and will be curated by Alicia Sy, Executive Editor of Town and Country MagazineJJ Yulo, founder of Pinoy Eats World and Just Jonesing, and students from Enderun Colleges and will also be part of the DA Regional Lunches.

April 8,2017 Saturday – CORN

Curator: Alicia Sy
Chefs: Margarita Forès, Claude Tayag, Miguel Vargas and Justin Golangco, Tina Legarda, Alec Santos, Mark Tan, Tippi Tambunting with Purefoods Hotdogs, La Lola/Las Flores/Rambla/Tomatito Group, Made Nice Supper Club
Booths: San Miguel, Desteleria Limtuaco, Malagos, Fresh Start, Mama Sita, Homegrown Organics

The Department’s participation in Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 is headed by Usec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Undersecretary for Administration, Agribusiness & Marketing, and Regional Engagement.

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