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Masarap! Filipino cuisine three ways at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Join a barrio of Filipino food stars at three one-off events in March presented by The Entree.Pinays

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Sandra Tan
Sandra Tanhttps://www.sandratanwrites.com/
Sandra spent her early working years as writer and editor in the Australian design media working on such titles as Indesign, Habitus, Mezzanine, Inside and Architectural Review Asia Pacific. In 2019, she became the first editor of DENFAIR, Australia’s most exciting design event. She is also part of The Entree.Pinays - a female-led Filipino food and cultural advocacy group that runs bespoke events, support fellow migrant creatives in their endeavors, and encourage everyone to fall in love with the Philippines.

Mark your diaries! This March, Filipino cuisine is set to tempt taste buds at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF).

Following a series of sold-out dinners at last year’s MFWF, The Entree.Pinays return in 2020 with three mouthwatering celebrations to capture the vibrant soul of the food we know and love.

In keeping with the group’s mission of cultural advocacy, each event shares and pays homage to our colourful heritage, while encouraging a bright new wave of Filipino culinary talent.

This year, the barrio is bigger than ever. The all-star international lineup features the legendary ‘Lechon Diva’, Dedet de la Fuente, and Manila-based chef JP Anglo of Filipino-Negrense bistro, SARSÁ.

Special interstate guests include beloved food writer and presenter Yasmin Newman, energetic chef Joel Baylon of Shobosho Adelaide, and Miko Aspiras, executive pastry chef at Hilton Sydney.

A proud contingent of Filipino-Melburnians comprises Grace Guinto of Sweet Cora Cakes, Ross Magnaye of Rice Paper Sister, internationally-acclaimed chef John Rivera, renowned chocolatier Santiago Cuyugan, head chef of Platform 270 at DoubleTree by Hilton Migo Razon, and Boba Bar’s Katrina Villegas.

One for the sweet tooths, Cakes & Chikahan puts a spotlight on Filipino desserts – from the soft chew of kakanin to how familiar flavours meet modern patisserie. Discover new ways to indulge.

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The highly-anticipated BARRIO Dinner Series is a dynamic collaboration between guest chef JP Anglo of SARSÁ, and head chef Ross Magnaye of Melbourne’s Rice Paper Sister. 

Party like a Pinoy on the last day of MFWF at BARRIO Laneway Fiesta, a Filipino street food rendezvous filled with the scent of smoky BBQ.

Barrio X MFWF 2020 presented by The Entree.Pinays is proudly sponsored by Philippine Tours.

The Entree.Pinays will contribute a percentage of all ticket sales to Foodbank Victoria, in support of Australian bushfire relief efforts and food security for all. An opportunity to eat good, while doing good – what could be more appetising?

<strong>BARRIO x MFWF 2020 Timeline</strong><br />
Cakes and Chikahan

Cakes & Chikahan | 23 March

  • Yasmin Newman – author, food writer and presenter, Sydney
  • Grace Guinto – Sweet Cora Cakes, Melbourne
  • Miko Aspiras – Hilton, Sydney
  • Santiago Cuyugan – Bibelot, South Melbourne
Barrio Rising Stars Dinner

Barrio Dinner Series | 25 and 26 March

  • JP Anglo – SARSÁ, Manila
  • Ross Magnaye – Rice Paper Sister, Melbourne
Barrio Laneway Fiesta

Barrio Laneway Fiesta | 29 March

  • Dedet de la Fuente – Lechon Diva, Philippines
  • John Rivera – internationally-acclaimed head chef, Melbourne
  • Santiago Cuyugan – head chocolatier,  Bibelot, South Melbourne
  • Joel Baylon – Shobosho, Adelaide
  • Migo Razon, Head Chef, DoubleTree by Hilton, Melbourne
  • Katrina Villegas, owner of Boba Bar, Melbourne

Tickets are available at www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au. Search ‘Filipino’ to find events.

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