Local and international food connoisseurs will get to taste and discover Filipino cuisine as Australia’s iconic food and wine festival brings the spotlight on Filipino cuisine at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) happening on 9-13 March 2019.

In a series of events that will feature and celebrate Filipino cuisine, top chefs from Manila, New York and Melbourne will serve Filipino food and also conduct masterclasses during the MFWF.
Chefs Jordy Navarra, Nicole Ponseca and Yasmin Newman will prepare a one-off ‘BARRIO’ dinner series with Ross Magnaye, head chef of Rice Paper Sister Restaurant on 12 and 13 March 2019. This dining series if part of the Global Dining Series of MFWF.

Navarra runs Toyo Eatery in Manila, crowned with the Miele One to Watch Award 2018 amongst Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Ponseca is behind New York City’s Maharlika and Jeepney, while local food and travel writer Newman is the author of the critically acclaimed cookbook, 7000 Islands: Cherished Recipes and Stories from the Philippines.

These three global chefs will join Magnaye to tell the story of their shared heritage, culinary journeys and advocacy for the cuisine they love most – Filipino.

Drawing on their Filipino heritage, these gourmands will co-create an exclusive BARRIO menu, providing the entree for MFWF visitors to immerse themselves in the Philippines’ rich culinary heritage.
The House of Food & Wine, the festival’s premium drinking and dining destination will also host a program of activities including its signature MasterClass with Jordy Navarra and Nicole Ponseca, and John Rivera in the line up on Sunday 10 March, while Rice Paper Sister will help showcase some sizzling Asian Street Food Filipino style on Saturday 9 March.


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