Paris, France – Through the initiative of three cooks and entrepreneurs from the Filipino community in Paris, the Philippines was represented once more at this year’s edition of the International Village of Gastronomy and Popular Cuisine, which was held from 22-24 March 2019 at the Trocadéro Gardens of Paris near the Eiffel Tower.
This event, the fourth one of its kind, featured 39 countries and six French territories offering the public a diverse range of culinary specialties from which to choose.
The Filipino group had decided to serve up the usual best-sellers which are the typical Philippine street food and other Pinoy favorites, such as pork barbeque, tocino (sweet-cured meat), goto (a type of savory rice porridge), kwek-kwek (boiled eggs in batter), longganisa (Filipino-style pork sausage), lumpiang gulay (fried vegetable spring roll), buko pandan (a creamy coconut/pandan-flavored dessert), and puto (sweet rice cakes).
Europeans and tourists from all over who were visiting Paris–including Filipinos from other parts of Europe and North America–were seen to be queuing up for the duration of the event to get their Filipino treats.
A large number of the French-Filipino community of Paris and other parts of France were also among the visitors, who were evidently pleased for the opportunity to sample Filipino cuisine once again.
Apart from Philippine food, the event had also showcased on Sunday afternoon notable Filipino talent in France through a series of performances by members of the Filipino community of Paris, through the various renditions of Philippine folk songs and folk dances as well as Filipino contemporary music.
The International Village of Gastronomy has been referred to by the organizers as the “first international food and cultures festival of Paris,” which recorded 30,000 visitors in 2017 and around 35,000 in 2018.