OSLO, NORWAY - The Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Norway, kicked off the 2018 Philippine Flavors: A Culinary Tour with Margarita Forés, Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016, on August 24, 2018 at Mathallen (Food Hall), Oslo. Chef Margarita Forés and her team prepared a 5-course menu for invited guests, including chefs, restaurateurs, food bloggers, the diplomatic corps, government officials, foodies, and friends of the Embassy.
Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia welcomed the guests and introduced the 2018 Philippine Culinary Tour in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Malmö (Sweden). She thanked the co-organizers, the Cultural Diplomacy Unit (CDU) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Stockholm, and supporters, especially Senator Loren Legarda, Ambassador Manuel Teehankee, Jr., OUIER Executive Director Jean Paez, and CDU Head Maria Louella Duarte.
In the course of the dinner, Chef Margarita introduced each dish, the ingredients used and the unique story of the dish in Philippine cuisine.
As part of the introduction of Philippine cuisine and food products, guests were given samples of Destileria Limtuaco liqueurs, Malagos Chocolates, and Theo and Philo Chocolates. To encourage the guests to sample different Philippine dishes, the Embassy distributed recipe cards from the book Kulinarya: A Guide Book to Philippine Cuisine, published by Asia Society Philippines Foundation, Inc. and Anvil Publishing. To add color and music, Likha Scandinavia Dance Group performed some dances.
The culinary tour will continue to Copenhagen in Denmark, Stockholm and Malmö in Sweden, from August 27 to September 8, 2018. END