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Mercato Centrale brings ‘food tourism’ to SM Mall of Asia this July

July 4, 2013 6:41pm
One of the country’s top tourist destinations now has another major attraction. SM Mall of Asia presents foreign and local tourists a taste of different parts of the Philippines in the new Fiesta Bahia.

This new “food destination” experience comes from the Mercato Centrale Group, organizers of Metro Manila’s premier night food and lifestyle markets.  Fiesta Bahia, “the food tourism market” located at the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay, is on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting July 12 from 4pm to 3am. 
 
“In an interview with Today Show food blog, Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmen predicted that Filipino will be the next big thing.  Chef and culinary expert Anthony Bourdain of “No Reservations” also shared in his blog on the Travel Channel website that he enjoyed sisig and Cebu lechon during his visit to the country,” said Anton Diaz, co-founder of Mercato Centrale and the popular food and travel blogger behind www.OurAwesomePlanet.com.
 
“As our tourism industry continues to boom, I’m sure many foreigners, balikbayans and even locals would like to sample the richness of our Filipino cuisine. That’s what Fiesta Bahia is all about – a food market where you can enjoy popular dishes from the different regions all in one place!” Diaz added.  “Aside from that, they can enjoy the popular gourmet and artisanal food from our suki Mercato Centrale vendors.”
 
“Our location along SM By the Bay is also a great place to bring tourists, friends and family,” shared Vanessa Ledesma, co-organizer of Fiesta Bahia.  “They can take in the beauty of the Manila Bay shoreline, enjoy the weekend fireworks, and listen to live acoustic music while enjoying a great salo-salo meal.”
 
“We’re actively looking for food entrepreneurs who specialize in provincial cuisines from all around the Philippines,” said Rache Diaz, co-organizer of Fiesta Bahia.  “If you’ve got a great homemade dish from your hometown, we would love for you to share a taste of your own local culture with foodies from around Manila and the rest of the world!”
 
For interested food vendors who want to join FIESTA BAHIA, please contact (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102 or admin@mercatocentrale.ph. We are prioritizing vendors who specialize in regional/provincial food. The more unique, the better.
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