Following the inaugural World Street Food Congress (WSFC) in 2013, Makansutra returns with the 2nd edition of WSFC this year to focus on actionable content. With the continued support of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the second instalment of the WSFC2015 will host a 5-day event from 8 to 12 April 2015 at Tan Quee Lan Street, the open field opposite Parco Bugis, at the intersection of Rochor Road and North Bridge Road (directly above the Bugis MRT station).
Organised by Makansutra, this year’s event will see the launch of a Dialogue-Hackathon, a first of its kind that aims to connect and foster fresh ideas, encouraging thought-leadership to structure new opportunities in this massive world street food industry.
23 stalls from 12 cities and a food truck run by US Top Chef winner will be featured at the World Street Food Jamboree.
With the theme “Engage, Empower and Enterprise”, the WSFC15 will consist of three main components:
1) The WSF Dialogue-Hackathon
With “Empowerment, Engagement and Enterprise” as the theme for the WSFC15 Dialogue, the Dialogue-Hackathon session will focus on actionable content where delegates can gain deep insights, learn new skills, partner up, discover opportunities and inspire new ideas through panel discussions and presentations by renowned street food advocates, media and street vendors as well as their peers. Expect to hear what plans are afoot for the Bourdain Market, a Singapore style hawker centre in the US captained by foodie traveller Anthony Bourdain. Also, hear what Indonesia is undertaking to preserve and promote their 600 year culinary heritage through a private food company, Bango.
2) The WSF Jamboree
The Jamboree is open to the public and located in the heart of town for the convenience of locals and tourists. 23 stalls from 12 cities will descend on the open field beside Tan Quee Lan Street along North Bridge Road and host the world‘s best street food party. The top street food vendors and award winning chefs hail from the USA, Bolivia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Germany, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore. With prices starting at $4.50 this year, the public can enjoy a cashless mode of payment via NETS FlashPay (Enjoy a 5% rebate), NETS and/or Credit Card. With the exception of two back-by-popular-demand stalls, all other vendors are new participants. Pak Sadi Soto Ambengan, the Best Street Food Master Award winner 2013, will be offering his food at the Jamboree this year. The Jamboree will also boast three Masterclass street-style demonstrations daily while recipes from chefs like William Wongso and Peter Lloyd will be shared alongside live musical performances and delicious food.
In line with commemorating Singapore’s 50th birthday, the National Heritage Board will be launching the SG50 Deliciously Singaporean exhibition at the World Street Food Congress 2015 on 8 April 2015. The exhibition will showcase Singapore’s food heritage and subsequently feature 50 uniquely Singaporean dishes and pop-up cooking demonstrations, curated by Makansutra, as it travels around the island. In conjunction with the launch of the exhibition, 5 stalls offering such “Deliciously Singaporean” dishes will be offering their fare at the SG Pavilion located at World Street Food Jamboree.
3) The WSF Awards
As in the previous WSFC, up to 16 categories of WSF Awards will be awarded to deserving individuals, organisations, and cities that show leadership and skills in this field of world heritage and street food culture.