Episode 17: Ultimate Taste Test 5.0!

Hundreds of food enthusiasts braved the rain and gathered at the NBC Tent at The Fort, Taguig last Friday (November 5) to join the Ultimate Taste Test 5.0, one of the most popular food tasting events in Metro Manila.

(L-R: my sister Tuesday, me, Kero-chan, OAP’s Anton Diaz, and my brother MC)

The Ultimate Taste Test is the brainchild of Anton Diaz, the founder and publisher of the food and travel blog “Our Awesome Planet“. First launched in 2009, Ultimate Taste Test brings together people who want to become food critics for a day, and food establishments sharing some of their products. Now on its fifth installment, the event has received rave reviews for paving the way to what could be recommended as some of the best food spots in and outside Metro Manila.

 UTT 5.0 featured a wide selection of items, from main course dishes to desserts and preserved food. About 50 local restaurants, caterers, and food companies participated in UTT 5.0 to introduce their products. They also sold unique food items for those looking for gift ideas this Christmas.

The foodies sampled mouth-watering dishes from various cuisines such as Filipino, Chinese, Italian, Korean, and fusion cuisine. They then rated the supplier of each dish from 1 to 5. The top 25 suppliers who will meet the average rating of 3.3 and above will be featured in Our Awesome Planet.

The participants also got to taste the limited edition San Miguel Oktoberfest Pale Pilsen Brew, and take home Oktoberfest novelty packs from San Miguel Corporation.

Another highlight of UTT 5.0 was the launching of OurAwesomePlanet TV, an upcoming lifestyle show hosted by Diaz. The show aims to entice Filipinos here and abroad to explore and rediscover the Philippines. It is tentatively set to air on The Filipino Channel (TFC) in summer 2011, and on a local channel in Manila.

UTT 5.0 was hosted by tour guide Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks and food/political blogger Spanky Enriquez. The proceeds of the event will go to the construction of the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Bonifacio Global City.

Food enthusiasts had a great time in UTT 5.0. This was a great venue for them to discover new food establishments, savor new flavors, and meet others who have the same passion for food and dining. The suppliers also found this to be a great opportunity to improve their products, and reach out to a wider market.

The next UTT event is expected to be held in summer next year. This is surely something that foodies seeking the country’s best food ever can look forward to.


Special thanks go to:

Our Awesome Planet for hosting this wonderful food tasting event,
The featured suppliers for their delicious and mouthwatering creations, and
My siblings for joining me in this adventure!

The topmost picture appears courtesy of Our Awesome Planet. To find more of our own pictures from UTT 5.0, visit http://picasaweb.google.com/unlimitedgrubgrabs.

2 thoughts on “Episode 17: Ultimate Taste Test 5.0!

  1. Anonymous December 4, 2010 / 9:53 am

    What is the result of Ultimate Taste test 5.0? It's been a month already. Was it really a food tasting event or JUST TO RAISE FUNDS TO PUT UP MERCATO CENTRALE?


  2. Mark December 8, 2010 / 8:54 am

    @Anon: Just checked with Anton, he said he's releasing the results of UTT this week.


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