With restaurants of all shapes, sizes, and cuisines popping up left and right, casual and professional food enthusiasts alike share one goal in mind: Be the first. Everybody wants to be the first in something, may it be stepping on a celestial body in outer space or riding a futuristic self-driving car. It’s a privilege and a pleasure, especially if you’re the first to try a one-of-a-kind dish.

This coming Sunday, May 13, folks from all over the metro will have the chance to be the first to try McCormick’s new line of dipping sauces and Agemono Fry Set at the Flavor Nation Festival in Bonifacio Global City (BGC). The dipping sauces highlight the different tastes of the East, offering four flavors: sweet chili, teriyaki, tonkatsu, and sriracha. The Agemono Fry Set comes in three variations, making it easier and more convenient for foodies to make tempura, karaage, and tonkatsu at home.

Chef Natalia Moran’s Thai Shrimp and Pomelo Salad

During the festival, folks will get to try the dipping sauces and fry sets courtesy of an Agemono Fry and Dipping Station, a cooking demonstration from Sabrina Artadi and the Mothers Who Brunch duo Sabrina Cristobal-Go and Michelle Aventejado, and a bento workshop with Kat Maderazo. At the dipping and fry stations, you will also get a little help from McCormick’s chef Tenten and T.V. personality Neri Miranda.

SugarNSoulMNL’s Oatmeal Walnut Raisin

To really set the mood for Asian flavors, the festival lets you delve into Asian culture with an origami workshop for kids (and kids at heart), a calligraphy workshop where you can learn how to write your name in kanji, and a wadaiko drums performance to signal the opening and the closing of the event. Other food concessionaires will also be present, such as Naan, Sabaw Dumplings, The Good Tapa, Gyu Guru, One Matcha, SugarNSoulMNL, chef Nathaniel Uy, chef Natalia Moran, and more.

Lastly, there will be giveaways and a grand raffle where you can win gift certificates, branded kitchenware, and a kinchaku-inspired canvas bag.

See the full program for the upcoming festival below:

10:00 a.m: Registration Open
First Taiko Performance
Japanese Calligraphy and Origami Making Workshops Open
Concessionaires Open

10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m: Second Taiko Performance

11:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m: Media Launch Program
Host Introduction | Acknowledgement of Chefs, Guests, VIPs,
McCormick Heads, and Media
Bento Workshop Opens

11:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m: McCormick Agemono Fry and Dipping Station Tour
McCormick Agemono Fry and Dipping Station Opens (Batch 1)

11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m: Mothers Who Brunch cooking demonstration
Raffle 1

112:40 p.m. to 1:00 p.m: Fan Dance (1st set)

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m: McCormick Agemono Fry and Dipping Station Opens (Batch 2)

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m: Sabrina Artadi cooking demonstration
Raffle 2

2:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m: Fan Dance (2nd set)

2:50 p.m. to 3:20 p.m: McCormick Agemono Fry and Dipping Station Open (Batch 3)

3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m: Bento Workshop with Kat
Raffle 3

4:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m: Nolisoli Pursuits: Chef Tenten with Neri Miranda

5:20 p.m. to 6:00 p.m: McCormick Agemono Fry and Dipping Station Open (Batch 4)

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m: Grand Raffle
McCormick Store Opens
Concessionaires Open