I love food expos! A foodie shouldn’t live without going to one. Luckily, there are a number of such events held in my area every year, and this was my first time to visit the Manila Foods & Beverages Expo ongoing at the World Trade Center till Sunday, June 24.
What you can find in these expos: the latest food products, assorted kitchenware, delicacies from the provinces, imported goodies, free samples, and food tasting to the max.
The problem with these events is that I always get to buy more than what’s necessary as some of the items are hard-to-find. For example, I only get to see my favorite Taiwan sausage in the expos, so I always make it a point to get a few packs @ P150 each.
Some of the interesting things I purchased this year: Lily’s Chocolate Peanut Butter (not out in the market yet but I was sure the kids would love this), San Miguel’s ready-made premixes for muffins, doughnuts etc, Highlanders Brown Rice Tea (tried this before and it promotes a restful sleep indeed) as well as my staple Bonuan boneless bangus ( a must for those fry, eat & go moments).
I also stumbled upon the Pinoy Big Burger booth of Pinoy Big Brother gals Chx and Jenny. They sold 8″ giant burgers on pan de sal bread and what more, a franchise can be had for only 50k, all in. If you’re business-inclined, you never know what business opportunities you can get in these places.The best thing to do is to check out each and every stall for ideas that might interest you (Mine was certainly piqued by JR’s Bulalo Express which claimed to serve the sinful hot soup ‘fatless’)
Foreign countries were ably represented, and this billboard from a Thai company on the beneficial properties of tom yum goong caught my attention. Malaysia hogged the biggest space and preached the gospel of halal food. They had these beautifully packaged cookies perfect for gift-giving.
Other things I saw: yummy Guy Lian chocs from Belgium, Germany’s top chocolate brand Ritter ( plus blocks of their different flavors for free), bottled Bicol express, all sorts of baked goodies, beef (!) chicharon; sausages of all kinds and a whole lot more. I would have liked to linger a bit more but had to hurry home. Tip if you’re going: wear comfy shoes and don’t carry too heavy a bag (it’s going to get heavier as you go along). And uh, shop wise! 😛
More photos in my Flickr page.