This was Food and Drink Asia 2013. I had a complimentary ticket courtesy of Philippine Food Service Equipment and Supplies Corporation. It was thanks to them, my entrance was free.
Oh! There were entrance restrictions. I never see these often. Age 14 and below were not allowed to enter. Persons in shorts, sandos and sandals were not allowed too. However, I saw few who were beating the dress code. There were two minors staying in the lobby while their mom was inside. I couldn’t help wonder why minors were restricted.
The issued pass is also valid until next week event, The Asian Food Expo 2013. I am saving it in case I have enough time to visit World Trade Center again.
The sad part was, the event management was not giving out certificate of appearance. It is a necessity for government employees visiting the event. The customer service representative was unfriendly and seemed to know a little about her work. Making her sign our own certificate of appearance form took us a while.
The entrance should be entrance only but few were exiting via entrance. It was understandable, those rule breakers were part of event management.
It was a side by side event. Food and Drink Exhibition and Food Franchising. At first, it seemed only one booth was geared toward franchising. I rest and roamed around several times and noticed there were quite a number.
What I saw?
– meat products
– coffee and products
– ice cream
– siopao, siomai and related
– a lot of free food samples.
Almost every booth were offering a small piece of their products. Buying lunch was not necessary. There were few restaurant booths in case freebies were not enough.
I usually not into listening seminars or watching contest. However, this time, because we were waiting for someone, I had ample time to spare and partly watch the 4th Philippine Mixology Cup Ultimate Flair Challenge. It was a bar tending contest. From my own point of view, it was a show of bottle and glass throwing and flipping skills with the less focus on drink’s taste. I never finished the show.
I would like to say thanks to Agrinurture Inc. who gave me free awesome coffee. It made my day complete. Also thanks to Department of Agriculture for allowing us to rest in their conference room type booth.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.