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About Dialogue



It’s the world’s only conference and network event for industry players, individuals and companies to come together on this world stage to discuss, share, ideate and collaborate on heritage and street food culture.

The two-day Dialogue-Hackathon sessions feature panel discussions and presentations by street-food advocates, media, culinary celebrities and street-food vendors. Always keen to encourage and support the next generation, the Street Food Pitch Box segment is designed for young participants where they are encouraged to write down and submit their food culture and business ideas. The ones with the best ideas will be given the opportunity to pitch and present their concepts to a professional panel and the industry audience at large.

There’s a new theme at every World Street Food Dialogue with the aim to get participants to think, act and react in this progressive and dynamic heritage food culture.
The fourth edition of the World Street Food Congress, WSFC 2017 will again be held in Manila, Philippines, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing gastro cities in Asia. One can only imagine what more culinary treasures lay in her 13 regions and 7001 islands, all a ready to be unearthed and unleashed to the world. They also have one of the most varied taste buds on earth- if you just note how well- travelled and where professional Filipinos are found planet wide. Their love for food is unquestionable. This makes for one of the best places to grow a burgeoning heritage and new street food scene and market.

Last year’s WSFC ‘16’ saw 73,000 visitors at the WSF Jamboree, 300 local and international delegates at the WSF Dialogue. we We are bracing for a better attendance this year. This year, we are installing over 20% more stalls and pop- ups, a string of new heritage street food dishes around the world and in Philippines too, plus, at your behest, some of the top faves from last year’s event.

Many things have happened since our last event and conversation. The organiser, Makansutra, have since set up a regional food hall – , Makansutra Hawkers, in SM Megamall – and Chef Sau Del Rosario, since showcasing his work at the event, had been invited to showcase and represent Philippines food magic at Mexico City’s Foro Mundial Gastronomia Food Festival late last year. He is also one of the four celebrity chefs featured in one of the world’s most modern automatic-delis in Singapore, soon to be launched, fully delivered by an app and uses the most high-tech systems custom developed for this purpose, just to offer heritage fare at a touch of your finger. Watch this space for more soon.

In that time, Chef Malcolm Lee, who spoke about Nonya food, has garnered a Michelin Star and expanded to a bigger location. Peter Lloyd of London, who was featured last year, has set up Sticky Mango, offering modern takes on Asian fare and garnering rave reviews. This is the year we are curating and hunting for artisanal and humble, diligent heritage street food chefs for regional expansion plans of Makansutra Hawkers and even the Bourdain Market in New York. Who knows, your stall may be on the shortlist!

Social Enterprise – WSFC and Makansutra began hiring displaced cooks and orphans from places like Payatas and trained them to operate street food market kitchens. They have also set up self- sustaining community kitchens and trained the beneficiaries to operate and offer heritage food.

We are also in conversation with the Gawad Kalinga folks to institute projects that can empower the poor and disadvantaged. We just want to pass it forward.

WSF Dialogue 31 May 2017 & 1 June 2017 :

8:00am – 5.30pm

WSF Dialogue Venue:
Mall Of Asia- Concert Ground

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