New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines

New Zealand food on show in Manila

The Sofitel Philippine Plaza is featuring an array of delicious New Zealand cuisine all this week at its Spiral buffet restaurant.

MacroAsia Catering Services production manager, New Zealander Graeme Pullen, has partnered with New Zealand embassy chef Edwin Ferrer to design a sumptuous menu for the Sofitel’s patrons.

New Zealand mussels, king salmon and roasted beef rib all feature on the menu, as do a variety of mouth-watering desserts including miniature pavlovas and kiwifruit and citrus cheesecake.

The week-long food festival was opened on Monday 1 February by New Zealand Ambassador Andrew Matheson.

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with the Sofitel to bring the best of New Zealand cuisine to the Philippines”, Ambassador Matheson said.

“We’re bringing a small part of what New Zealand has to offer to the Philippines, but the only way for Filipinos to truly experience New Zealand is to jump on a plane and get there”.

The food festival is part of a week of activities in Manila that encourage Filipinos to “experience New Zealand”.  Other events still to come include an invitation-only gala night at the Sofitel on Thursday 4 February, a three-day trade fair at the Mall of Asia (starting Friday 5 February) and the Philippine New Zealand Business Club’s annual golf tournament at Villamor Golf Club (Friday 5 February).

Experience New Zealand is made possible by the support of the New Zealand Government through the Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s Cultural Diplomacy International Programme

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