MAFBEX 2012: Back to Basics
Lady Luck must be on my side last Saturday and decided to let me win free tickets to attend the 6th Manila Food and Beverage Expo! Miss Cha Sy of Travel on a Shoestring gave her 10 lucky readers 2 tickets each for the biggest and most awaited food show of the year! The universe conspired and made me one of her lucky winners for that giveaway.
After getting my confirmation email, my partner and I went to the World Trade Center around 4pm. The venue was almost full with people enjoying over 500 booths which showcased different food and beverage from our country and different nearby nations. With this year’s theme, “Back to basics”, the event gave the expo-goers a whole lot experience of organic food and healthier choices which are now gaining popularity in the market.
Near the entrance was the Chefs of the World, a program showing different chefs who gave away tips and techniques on how to turn your ordinary food to gourmet dishes. Moms and other aspiring chefs grabbed the opportunity to learn from this program.
Consumers and food entrepreneurs surely had a great time buying and seeing the latest cooking and packing equipment displayed at the expo. There were different food packing equipment and bottling machines and according to the sales clerk, those were proudly made in the Philippines.
Various food stalls in the area offered free taste of their products and we really had fun filling our tummy with these goodies. The first thing we bought was a Tea Egg. It is a chicken egg stewed in tea, soy sauce and spices. It’s a typical Chinese food often sold by street vendors but it’s my first time to see and eat a Tea Egg here in our country.
We also bought Mekeni’s Chicken hotdog for only P10 and a Taiwanese sausage for P30 each. The Taiwanese sausage may be a lot pricier but it sure tasted great.
There were also booths from Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Korea. I even found a Chinese man selling equipment that can make any kind of dumpling wrapper and noodles! We were really amazed while he was showing us how our favorite siomai wrapper was made and how he can make noodles with the use of his tiny machine. Unfortunately, he was speaking in a different language so we were not able to understand his instructions.
There was also a free taste of different chips made from potatoes or other healthy variations. A store from Cebu offered a free taste of dried mangoes, papaya, pineapple and green mangoes. There was also a woman who boasted about her home made spicy vinegar and hot sauce. We decided to give it a try and it’s really deliciously hot!
This expo also created an opportunity for different food companies which were available for franchise to get a wider market. If you’re into this venture, you can start your own franchise for as low as P30, 000 to P300, 000 depending on the product that you are going to sell. A friend of mine asked me if I want to start a business through franchising so I was really glad to learn a lot about this business.
A free seminar for those who would like to know more about food service and hospitality management was also held on the other wing of World Trade Center. Different entries for the Inter School Cake Decorating, Table Set-ups, and Ice carvings competition were also displayed in that area.
Kudos to World Services International and De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde for a successful run of this year’s MAFBEX! Food entrepreneurs and expo goers surely have a lot to to watch out for next year’s expo. Special thanks to Mr. JR Ang and Miss Cha Sy for giving me the opportunity to attend this expo!