Foodies, mark your date for the second edition of the 2015 World Street Food Congress (WSFC), which will take place on Tan Quee Lan St, Bugis, Singapore, on April 8-12.
The 2015 WSFC, organized by Singapore-based Makan Sutra founded by KF Seetoh (food photographer-turned-makan guru), who has been described by The New York Times as a food-guide maven, will host the event, themed "Empower, Engage and Enterprise".
"It will go beyond creating and raising awareness. This second edition will be packed with action," said Seetoh via the event's press release.
As Makan Sutra strives to celebrate street food culture worldwide, WSFC will be divided into two major events: Dialogue and Jamboree.
The Dialogue will be a hub where food experts, street food vendors, sellers and entrepreneurs can meet with peers from around the world to connect.
At the Dialogue, experts will share their experiences and expertise, including the brain behind the upcoming Bourdain Market, Stephen Werthers; a panel of scholars from New York University's food studies department, cofounder of New York's largest outdoor market, Eric Demby; Top Chef Season 9 winner Paul Qui; as well as food experts and leaders from Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, the UK, India, Denmark, US and Thailand.
The Dialogue's programs are for ticket holders only and are perfect for those seeking to enrich their curious minds with street food industry insight.
WSFC will also have a Pitch Box Session where attendees will be encouraged to write down 50-word long ideas on an idea board. Extracted ideas will be presented to the audiences.
"You can share everything; whether you need funding, partners, leverage, skills or connections. Good ideas should be made to breathe and live on," explained Seetoh about the Pitch Box Session.
The Food Jamboree, on the other hand, is a public event and offers free admission. Visitors can enjoy street foods from up to 24 of the world's best street food masters, savor the world's best hawker foods, digest the rich culture and traditions of well-loved international cuisine and be entertained by a lineup of musical performances and cooking demos.
"This year's Jamboree will bring you the best comfort heritage dishes from all over the world. But there won't be any fusion food available at the Jamboree," said Seetoh.
He then added that the Food Jamboree would instead feature traditional heritage dishes as well as new and modern creations by funky street food chefs who will be putting exciting new twists on old foods.
"Think old school Indonesian gudeg, lost Malaysian Nonya black satay, Americana food truck signatures, or what the Philippines did to lechon," the makan guru added.
Food prices at this year's WSFC are said to be very affordable starting at SG$4.50 (US$3.27).