World Street Food Congress 2016 happens on April 20 at BGC


by Kyla Camille | |

The third installation of the World Street Food Congress comes to Manila on April 20th at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Metro Manila, Philippines, after two successful runs in Singapore (2013 and 2015).

The World Street Food Congress (WSFC) is a symposium, conference and a mega street feasting festival that celebrates and seeks opportunities and possibilities for the world’s most popular food culture – heritage and comfort street food.

Not just about comfort food and deliciousness, there will be an WSF Dialogue component that is about addressing issues of preservation, sustainability, relevance and the world of opportunities that can be created in the future.

“The world so needs a World Street Food Congress” Anthony Bourdain, food and travel TV host and author at WSFC13.

The world’s oldest and grandest street food culture arose from an era where opportunities were rare; folks trying their level best to make ends meet had to hawk their heritage and often ingenious recipes on the streets to eke out a living. Over the decades and centuries, these dishes have become iconic and beloved by the masses. The majority in such cities, rely on these comfort heritage street foods today and it has become a big part of the culinary culture of the land.

Why the Philippines?

According to Makansutra, the Philippines, voted by CNN as one of the most exciting culinary cities to watch, has a dynamic food heritage inherited from its native flavors and the many world culinary concepts. It learnt and adapted from the visitors it had over centuries including Spain, China, Indonesia, America and even Japan.

Thus, sharing and experiencing the street food in the Philippines makes perfect sense. it is then no woner why this year, #WSFC2016 sails from Singapore to the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Metro Manila, Philippines, after two successful runs in the Lion City (2013 and 2015).

Speakers and presenters

  1. Stephen Werther, creator Bourdain Market, New York, USA
  2. Richard Tan, Former Director of The Hawkers Department, National Environment Agency, Singapore
  3. Anton Diaz, Culinary Commentator and Founder, The Awesome Planet, Philippines
  4. Sean Basinsky, The Vendy Project (Urban Justice), Street Vendors Project, New York
  5. KF Seetoh, Creator and Curator, World Street Food Congress and Founder of Makansutra
  6. William Wongso,Indonesian Food Ambassador, TV Host, Author and Consultant
  7. Malcolm Lee, Chef Owner, Candlenut (Peranakan Restaurant), Singapore 8. Sangeeta Singh, National Assn of Street Vendors India(NAVI)
  8. Brett Burmeister, Consultant, Commentator, Portland Food Carts and Trucks, USA
  9. Nemo Phan, Heritage Food Commentator , Ho Chi Minh , Vietnam
  10. Odilia Wineke, Editor Detik. Com, CNN Indonesia
  11. Woo Wai Leong, Winner of the First Season of The MasterChef Asia
  12. Ian Kittichai, Award-winning Chef, Author and Television Personality
  13. A Hawker Panel, where top international Hawkers will touch on their journey and aspirations
  14. The Pitch Box, where a 3-minute segment is given to all the younger comfort food warriors and commentators to distill their aspirations and goals on stage
  15. More speakers to be announced soon…


Presentation and demonstrations

It will include cooking demonstrations of iconic dishes from various presenters including, Indonesia’s William Wongso, Woo Wai Leong, Asia’s first MasterChef winner and Singapore’s Malcolm Lee who will be featuring iconic Peranakan dishes that are rarely seen in the Philippines.


Tickets to the WSFC 2016

Tickets are available at from Corporate bulk tickets and student discounts are available upon request. Rack rate tickets range from U$250.00 each and it includes tea breaks and lunch on both days, a PHP1200 Jamboree food voucher and a special WSFC16 gift pack for each participant.

International Hawkers at The World Street Food Jamboree April 20th – 24th 2016

There will be up to 24 hawkers from around the world, setting up their stalls and offering unique and iconic street food fare at the World Street Food Jamboree. It will feature street food stalls from

  • The Philippines (Flavors of the Philippines)
  • Malaysia (Mee Siam, Assam Laksa)
  • Indonesia (Martabak Makobar, Sate Maranggi, Iga Babi Bakar, Ayam Taliwang)
  • Thailand (Hoy Tod)
  • Vietnam (Nam Bo – Sticky Rice Banana, Banh Can – Seafood Pancake)
  • India (one Vegetarian and a non-vegetarian stall from NASVI- National Association of Street Vendors of India)
  • Singapore (Kway Chap and Braised Duck, Prawn Paste Chicken Burger, Triple Sauce Seafood Tempura, Fried Carrot Cake)
  • USA (Churos Loco, Mexican Tacos)

Date: 20th April 2016 (Wed) to 24th April 2016 (Sun)
Prices of Food: From PHP 200 onwards

Opening Hours:

  • Wed to Fri, 20- 22 April 2016: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Sat, 23 April 2016: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
  • Sun, 24 April 2016: 12:00pm to 9:00pm