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22 March 2019 - Paris-based Filipinos cooks (at forefront from L-R Jen Sunga, Meg Bicada and Maricel Pena) and their culinary team at the Philippine stand “Isla Pilipinas”.

25 March 2019, Paris – Through the initiative of three cooks/entrepreneurs from the Filipino community in Paris, the Philippines was represented once more at this year’s edition of the International Village of Gastronomy and Popular Cuisine which was held this year from 22-24 March 2019 at the Trocadéro Gardens of Paris near the Eiffel Tower. This event, the 4th one of its kind, featured 39 countries and 6 French territories offering the public a diverse range of culinary specialties from which to choose.

The Filipino group had decided to serve up the usual best-sellers which are the typical Philippine street food and other Pinoy favorites, such as pork barbeque, tocino, (sweet-cured meat), goto (a type of savory rice porridge), kwek-kwek (boiled eggs in batter), longganisa (Filipino-style pork sausage), lumpiang gulay (fried vegetable spring roll), buko pandan (a creamy coconut/pandan-flavored dessert), and puto (sweet rice cakes).

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22 March 2019, Paris - The Philippine booth in a prime spot in Trocadéro just at the entrance of the gastronomic village.

Europeans and tourists from all over who were visiting Paris – including Filipinos from other parts of Europe and North America – were seen to be queuing up for the duration of the event to get their Filipino “treats”. A large number of the French-Filipino community of Paris and other parts of France were also among the visitors, who were evidently pleased for the opportunity to sample Filipino cuisine once again.

Apart from Philippine food, the event had also showcased on Sunday afternoon notable Filipino talent in France through a series of performances by members of the Filipino community of Paris, through the various renditions of Philippine folk songs and folk dances, as well as Filipino contemporary music.

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22 March 2019, Paris – Philippine Embassy representatives Consul Christina Rola McKernan and Philippine Commercial Attaché Froilan Pamintuan visit the Philippine booth on the opening day.

22 March 2019, Paris - Consul McKernan with Rosemarie Chazelas and the team of Filipino cooks/ entrepreneurs at the Philippine stand

The International Village of Gastronomy has been referred to by the organizers as the “first international food and cultures festival of Paris” which recorded 30,000 visitors in 2017 and around 35,000 in 2018. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END