A Gustatory Adventure At The #McCormickFlavorNation Festival

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McCormick, a distinguished brand of spices and sauces the world over, presents a whole new tasty way to enjoy another Filipino staple, the noodles, with the introduction of the McCormick Noodle and Seasoning Mix. This latest addition to its delicious line of recipe mixes targets the well-traveled and globally-knowledgeable Filipinos who are familiar and enamored with a variety of Asian noodles. The 5 new mixes also aims to do away with the long hours of dishes preparation so families can enjoy restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of their own home sans the inconvenience and the hassle.

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Preparing oodles of noodles at the Laksa booth
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I love the mouth-watering goodness of the spicy and creamy laksa! yum!

To give the public a delicious preview of the McCormick Noodle and Seasoning Mixes, an event dubbed the Flavor Nation Festival was held at the Bonifacio High Street Central Amphitheater this Saturday. Open to the public for free, 5 delectable noodle bars were set up so the crowd can enjoy the 5 new recipe mixes ~ Birthday Noodles, Pad Thai, Laksa, Chap Chae, and Palabok {yes, it is a delight to know they included a local favorite!}. I really love the flavors of Palabok, but it was the Chap Chae variant that I was most curious about, and unsurprisingly, it became my favorite among the 5!

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Chef Bernice Pimentel of Ilustrado
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Chef Marc Nocom of Burgers & Brewskies

Apart from the mouthwatering noodle bars set up, distinguished chefs were also invited to whip up their signature dishes for the crowd to sample. Chef Bernice Pimentel of Ilustrado wowed the crowd with its flavorful callos and paella, while Chef Marc Nocon of Burgers & Brewskies served juicy and richly-flavored sliders. Chef Jerome Lim of Buta Wagyu put together yummy pork buns and waygu rice, while Chef extraordinaire Margarita Fores of Cafe Bola and Cibo assembled delicious sandwiches with 3 dips, as well as served classic and award-winning Filipino dishes.

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You will fall in love with Chef Sabrina Artadi’s {of Sabrina’s Kitchen} very interesting laing

Sabrina Artadi of Sabrina’s Kitchen made this very special laing topped with green bits of mangoes and cumin, while Aileen Anastacio of Marmalade Kitchen brought sweet cakes, yummy cookies, and thirst-quenching snow cones {which, unfortunately, I was not able to sample. It would have been a perfect end to my gustatory adventure on a hot April afternoon!}. Chef Jordi Barraca of La Lola Churreria made delectable churros, which I was so looking forward to eat again! A juice bar was also set-up serving refreshing drinks like Rosemary Iced tea, Tropical Summer, and Herbed Peach. I tried the second concoction and loved the faint hint of ginger in my drink!  :drink:

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After feasting on all the delightful treats, guests can have their photos taken at the lovely photo booth set-up which reminds me so much of the beach, the sea, and summer. Those who dropped by in the evening were also treated to the festival vibe music provided by an impressive line-up of notable names in the music industry, headed by rock icon Basti Artadi and indie artist Reese Lansangan.

And, of course, the Flavor Nation Festival experience will never be complete without dropping by McCormick Avenue to take home some of your favorite spice or mixes. Each food item purchased allowed the buyer to share the same product with the Childhope Asia Philippines and Missionaries of the Poor foundations letting us share the yummy McCormick flavors with our less fortunate brothers. The new noodle and seasoning mixes are also up for grabs here, the Birthday Noodles and Palabok variants sell at Php120, while the 3 other flavors, Chap Chae, Laksa, and Pad Thai, sell at Php195 per 180gm pack. Each pack makes up to 4 servings.

A gastronomic prelude for the Labor Day weekend, the McCormick Flavor Nation Festival not only allowed people to get in and sample good food for free, they even assembled tokens and a copy of the latest F&B Report issue for the visitors to take home and prepared raffles where lucky individuals can win exciting prizes. To qualify for the raffle, guests only need to have their Passport stamped when they visit a booth, 3 stamps entitles a person for a ticket to the raffle. I was not so lucky that day, but 3 lucky ladies were announced to have won a Tefal cookware each while I was getting ready to bid the delicious gathering goodbye.

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It was a delightful afternoon spent with good food, good vibes, and good company and I am so looking forward to the next one. I am also looking forward to serve the McCormick Noodle & Seasoning Mix to my little noodle enthusiast at home.

For more information about their products and for meal inspirations, do visit www.mccormick.com.ph and follow the McCormick Philippines Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/friendsandflavor.

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  1. I am such a McCormick fan, their mixes are amazing and no kitchen should be without their products. The Laksa looks scrumptious!

    1. It is also my fave, pero too hassle to prepare at home right? My mum used to cook this for us when she was still around. Good to know that I can count on McCormick to help me make some at home when I am craving for it! :D

  2. These noodle seasoning packs look amazing! I am always looking for new ways to prepare pasta.

  3. I love noodles so much, hubby teases I could get kidnapped for a bowl of pancit. Would love to try these new seasoning variants, I hope they can offer smaller one time use packs.

    1. The packs are big because they already have the noodles inside, too, so you can prepare these delish noodle recipes at home with ease :)

  4. They are very good with the spices that they offer and this new line of products will be a hit for sure. I love that they have all the asian favorites, like the pad thai and chap chae! I’m sure a lot of moms will have a ball cooking with these!

    1. Birthday Noodles is pancit canton in our vernacular. It is quite popular in Asian countries and are mostly prepared and served during birthdays for long life. :)

  5. Quick fixes for time constrained and/or limited culinary skills, gotta go easy too as there are ingredients that are not to be consumed too much. :)

  6. They are such a good brand, they always see to it that they’re giving their customers variety of flavors, how I hope we could have like these events in Cebu.

  7. I saw this event posted in Facebook once. Me and my husband actually planned to go here but unfortunately for some reason we can’t make it. Lucky you you were able to try the foods there! :)

  8. McCormick has been around for a long time, we’ve been using it at home since I was little. I’m glad they have new products for us to try! I am a huge fan of Asian flavors, so these are a must try for me, especially the pad thai!

  9. I can’t wait to try all of the variants! I hope it’s available in the grocery already. My daughter loves noodles so I think she’ll love this!

  10. Great spices and great cooking event and experience. Love to attend something like this soon!

  11. I just recently taken an interest in cooking and McCormick condiments were the first thing I stocked up on. They are staples on my mom’s pantry and now on mine. :)

  12. I think most of my spices are from McCormick! Even right now I’m cooking and using their flavors.
    I love the selections they have and i’d have love to be at this festival too!

  13. I love food festivals haha I think I’ve attended on or two food festivals and I like how ood varies and I also get to try new dishes!

  14. WoW!! I love mccormick too especially their pasta recipes. i didnt know they have these asian flavours. awesome. a laksa at home :)

  15. I haven’t had laksa in the longest time and now I’m craving! Gotta give it to McCormick for making food taste extraordinary.

  16. I love Mc Cornick chili pepper and Taco mix are my faves! ahhhh! Thanks for sharing this!

  17. Looks like an event filled with flavors. Lucky you got to attend this. :) I don’t cook but seeing my mom struggle most of the time, ready-mixes like McCormick Flavors will truly make cooking easier. I’m sure my mom would try the palabok one since it’s her favorite. :)

    Louise of Tales & Escapades

  18. I use McCormick alot without my boys’ knowing. They thought my carbonara and my korean beef stew among other dishs are the best. May pang daya pala ako. Ihihi.

  19. Awwww I wanted to go to this event but wasn’t able to. I love Pad Thai and would love to try that mix they have.

  20. I’m a fan of this brand because of their quality spices. I’ve tried other brands before but their quality is better. It’s good to know that they have additional variants. I’d love to try this soon, especially the birthday noodles!

  21. This event looks so enjoyable. I love going to food tasting events coz of my fondness for discovering food trips and partnering up with McCormick is a great idea. It’s a reputable cooking brand. :)

  22. I am not familiar with the rest except for palabok but it sounds delish! I will take a look at the groceries stores here nearby to see if it is already available in the market! I will also give a try of what you unsurprisingly found yourself liking among the 5 recipes being shared – the chap chae variant. I wonder if I like it too… noodle enthusiast here, by the way. ;)

  23. Wow sis! I wish I was there with you to taste those yummy entrees! I didn’t know that McCormick is now selling sauces. I usually use Mama Sita’s but of course, my family have been using McCormick since I was young. It’s a trusted brand. :)

    1. It is a trusted brand, indeed. I think they have just recently ventured into making sauces. These are the latest ones, but they have other sauce mixes available in the market.

  24. I’ve been using McCormick spices for as long as I can remember. In fact, my kitchen is full of it :)) Sayang, I missed this event.

  25. I wanted to go to this festival so badly!!! Looks like you had a great time. I am a huge consumer of everything McCormick.

  26. I missed this event.. I am curious about the Laksa mix though. Kudos to McCormick for providing us with lots of interesting mix’ aside from herbs and spices. :)

  27. I didn’t know they have Laksa in their array of spices! I am a big fan of laksa and I see to it I get to have time for cooking for my family once a week since I am working in the corporate world. Will most likely look for McCormicks’s laksa next time i do groceries!

  28. I’m no fan of mixes and seasoning, but if I don’t have a choice, I’ll go for McCormick. We just had our grocery day, it’s either this product is not yet available or I did not notice it when I grabbed a Caldereta mix.

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