Enjoy a fiesta of Philippine flavors at Filipino Food Festival

Today, April 4 marks the beginning of a grand feast of flavors found only the Philippines that will now be brought to the UAE as Dubai the Filipino Food Festival happening at the Rove Trade Centre Hotel from April 4-6 from 7:30 pm onwards!

Spearheaded by the Philippine Consulate-General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and The Filipino Times, UAE’s biggest Filipino newspaper and the largest digital platform for Filipinos in the region, all attendees will enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic Filipino food experience with a grand buffet costing only Dh 79!

Highlighting the Philippines’ rich culinary experience, the event coincides with the celebration of the Filipino Food Month this April, instituted by President Rodrigo Duterte through Presidential Proclamation no. 469 s. 2017.

Authentic Filipino dishes with a twist

Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes invites everyone, especially Filipinos, to come with their family and friends from all nationalities as this event will be the venue for  all Pinoys to be proud of the cuisines that the Philippines has to offer. “Join us as we celebrate the cuisine of the Philippines through the Filipino Food Month, as proclaimed by Presidential Proclamation no. 469 by his excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” invites Cortes.

The Philippine Consul General adds that the festival will showcase the history and influences of various nationalities within the Filipino table that has been incorporated through centuries of Philippine food innovation: “This delectable journey of the South East Asian cuisine with a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Spanish, and American influence is something that we need to spread not only to the future generations of Filipinos, but to the multiethnic citizens of the United Arab Emirates.”

Chef Michelle Adrillana

Celebrity Chef Michelle Adrillana said that the inspiration lies behind her experience in visiting the Middle East and how she incorporated authentic Philippine cuisine with such familiarity with the flavors for the local market. “I wanted to create something that’s not exotic but something that would give them a different experience, something to talk about, something pleasurable but still with the Filipino flavors intact,” said Adrillana.

The chef likewise adds that as a global Filipina chef travelling and discovering dishes around the world, her dishes define her cooking as she serves “the world on a plate” with each viand served on the buffet: “The food I serve is the world on a plate – all  my travels, people I’ve met, my experiences, heartbreaks and everything else I can think of.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the buffet:

Barbecued Lamb Adobo
Beef Sisig
Saffron Arroz Caldo
Aligue Prawns Sinigang
Lamb Kaldereta
Oxtail Kare Kare
Chicken and Foie Gras Adobo Paella in Roasted Garlic Emulsion
Turon ala Mode
Pinoy Halo Halo

Filipino Food Festival: All you need to know

What: Filipino Food Festival – a celebration of Philippine cuisine

Where: Rove Trade Centre Hotel, Dubai

When: April 4-6, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Who: All Filipinos and expats are invited to attend. The festival is organized and spearheaded by The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates and The Filipino Times, UAE’s biggest Filipino newspaper and the largest digital platform for Filipinos in the Region

Manila-based Chef Michelle Adrillana will be bringing signature Filipino dishes with some twists, along with a live cooking demo

Cost: Dh 79 for a complete Filipino buffet meal including soft beverages


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Telephone: +971 4 241 9300


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