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McCormick Flavor Nation Festival: Feast for the Senses

If you search your cupboard at home right now, there’s a big chance you’ll find a McCormick product just lying around. Their products are true Filipino household staples. McCormick has also played a big part in my home-based pastry business since I use their high-quality food colorings, spices, and extracts to whip up my bestselling cupcakes. These are the very reasons why I immediately accepted their invitation to attend this year’s McCormick Flavor Nation Festival.

Cupcakes by Chef Ken of Certified Foodies for McCormick Flavor Nation Festival


McCormick Flavor Nation Festival

Mark your calendars! On May 16, 2015 (Saturday), McCormick Philippines will be hosting their first McCormick Flavor Nation Festival at the Activity Center of Bonifacio High Street in BGC, Taguig.

McCormick Flavor Nation Festival 2015 at Bonifacio Global City Taguig

This summer’s biggest foodie festival will let you experience a one-of-a-kind gustatory adventure with the Flavor Nation Specialty Food Stalls and the Spiced Beverage Bar, where guests can experience a variety of gastronomic dishes and cocktails all infused with McCormick herbs, spices, and meal mixes. There are even stalls that will be pairing their dishes with the 3 variants of McCormick Rice Cookers: Hainanese Chicken Rice, Biryani Rice, and Nasi Lemak Coconut Pandan Rice. Flavored rice? Count us in!


Admission & Event Passport

Admission is FREE and open to the general public, but general admission participants are limited to watching the live cooking demos, musical performances, and live entertainment on site. But if you really want to enjoy the festivity, get yourself the Event Passport.

Admission and Event Passport at McCormick Flavor Nation Festival

For only PHP 150, you can avail the Event Passport and get to join the festivities, like savor McCormick infused dishes from all 10 food purveyors, taste out-of-this-world drinks from the resident mixologist, and see awesome musical performances. Event Passport holders will also get the chance to win exciting prizes from the festival’s raffles and games.


Cooking and Mixology Demonstrations

But what I’m looking forward to most is seeing the cooking demonstrations by culinary experts Sabrina Artadi of Sabrina’s Kitchen and Chef Xavier Btesh of NUVO Restaurant.

Chef Xavier Btesh and Sabrina Artadi for McCormick Flavor Nation Festival

This dynamic duo is really fun to watch and their chemistry is no way forced or rehearsed. On top of that, the dishes and drinks they have prepared before us were phenomenal.

Food and Drinks Prepared by Chef Xavier Btesh for McCormick Flavor Nation Festival

Another highlight of the event you must watch out for is the bartending demonstration by McCormick’s resident mixologist. You will surely be amazed with all the out-of-this-world cocktail combinations he can concoct with McCormick products.

Bartending and Open Bar at McCormick Flavor Nation Festival Press Launch


Musical Guests

After letting your palates feast on incredible McCormick dishes, it’s time you feast your eyes and ears on the live performances of Basti Artadi (Wolfgang), Brad Go (THEHUSHPROJECT), the Ukulele Philippines Ensemble, and other talented artists at the West Block of Bonifacio High Street.

Musical Performances and Guests on McCormick Flavor Nation Festival 2015


McCormick Spice Hub

Don’t leave empty-handed! At the end of the event, you can visit the McCormick Spice Hub, where you can buy various McCormick products for your home.

McCormick Spices and McCormick Rice Cookers Philippines - McCormick Flavor Nation Festival


McCormick Flavor Nation Festival

McCormick Flavor Nation Festival 2015 at Bonifacio Global City Taguig


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Kenneth is the chef in the family (he studied Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Art in GCHA). He's responsible for most of the more complicated recipes featured here, and loves preparing pastries and desserts. Aside from being a chef, he's also a Registered Nurse and Midwife. His love for cooking led him to pursue a culinary career.



  • laurence dacanay

    hi. please remove the poster showing the photos of the musical guests as there is a grave error there. the only ukulele group invited to perform here is the Ukulele Philippines Ensemble. thank you.

    • Hi. The McCormick team has already reached out to us regarding the image. It’s updated now. Thanks for your concern.