One of the most important international gathering of chefs, journalists and food companies will be held in the Philippines for the first time in 2015.
In Spain for a four-nation European visit, President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday witnessed the ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade or Instito Español de Comercio Exterior (ICEX) for the conduct of the world famous gastronomic gathering Madrid Fusión in Manila.
The President witnessed the MOU signing between Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez and his counterpart ICEX president and State Secretary for Economic and Competitiveness Jaime Garcia Legaz.
Other co-organizers of Madrid Fusión along with prominent chefs and restaurant owners in Madrid were also present and had a photo opportunity with the President.
Madrid Fusión is one of the leading international gastronomy gatherings held annually in Madrid, Spain since 2003.
The event is attended by elite chefs and experts in the culinary field to discuss trends in international gastronomy, evolution of tastes and new food habits. It features live culinary demonstrations, master workshops, food tasting, auctions, and an exhibition zone.
The Philippines is set to host Madrid Fusión-Manila on April 23 to 25, 2015 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Madrid Fusión-Manila will have two major components: (a) a Gastronomy Congress and (b) a Trade Exhibition. A month-long Gastro Festival around Metro Manila will also be organized for the month of April 2015 to complement Madrid Fusión-Manila.
The event aims to showcase an encounter between Spanish and Filipino chefs to celebrate 300 years of shared history.
The DOT and Madrid Fusión organizers signed a partnership agreement on July 23, 2014.