The Ultimate Taste Test 2015, this year’s biggest event for foodies and food purveyors happened last weekend. Wanting to be food critics for a day, peanutbutter♥ and I was there the first day. We wouldn’t want to miss trying out those 49 new food flavors!
The Ultimate Taste Test was founded and organized by top food and travel blogger Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.
This year’s event was held at the Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center Makati and was sponsored by San Miguel Lifestyle Brews.
San Miguel Lifestyle Brews is composed of three different beers namely: San Miguel Premium All Malt, San Miguel Super Dry, and Cerveza Negra. Included in the UTT Ticket is a bottle of their chosen beer so that a foodie 18 year old and above may enjoy pairing it with some of the food.
I got myself a bottle of Cerveza Negra while peanutbutter♥ chose the Premium All-Malt. San Miguel Cerveza Negra is best paired with desserts or sweet as it is a dark beer with sweet undertones while San Miguel Premium All Malt is best paired with seafood or white meats like chicken as it is less bitter and has a more malty flavor.
I have a sweet tooth so I though I’d really enjoy this year’s food and beer pairing specially because I recently just discovered my newfound love and appreciation for it.
With our San Miguel Lifestyle Brews on hand, we set out to try out the 48 more on our Food Critic Passport. Well, the mind and the tastebuds were willing but our tummies were weak, we weren’t able to finish everything as we were so full by the time we were on our 35th! We still managed to reach until the 40th but that was it. I loved everything but of course, there are some that really stood out and wowed my tastebuds.
Let me share with you those that really had me wanting for more. Here are my Top 10 Picks from my Ultimate Taste Test 2015 experience. This is starting from the one I loved most.
Tarlaquena‘s to-die-for Callos and really creamy Chicken Croquettes. I’m giving them plus points for their presentation too! I love how they served them in cute containers with a cute spoon to match!
Bakmi Nyonya‘s Indonesian Noodles and Satay Babi, their version of pork barbecue. The noodles is quite unique because you eat it separately with the soup.
Sucasa Mexican House‘s Barbacoa Taco and Al Pastor Taco. Both are super delicious!
Kapeng Mainit‘s Matcha Beignets. Truly is the best beignet in Manila!
Kumori‘s Signature Hanjuku Cheese, Krone, and Crabstick Bun.
It went really well with my Cerveza Negra!
Herbs‘ Crispy Deboned Rosemary Chicken and Truffled Potato was also amazing with the San Miguel Premium All malt!
Gelato Lab‘s Matcha Choco Chip and Mango Pudding gelatos are quite amazing too! Perfect palate cleansers while we take a breather from the main courses.
Maricar Reyes-Poon‘s Choco-Liquor Cake was moist, chocolatey, and decadent! It was amazing with my Cerveza Negra.
Portobello‘s Quezo De Bola Ensaymada and Otap were fantastic. The ensaymada was soft and cheesy.
If you like smoked milkfish, you’ll love Fisher Farm‘s version because it’s all belly! I know my daughter will love this.
They also have a Fish Frankfurters that are relatively guilt-free indulgence.
Congratulations Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews for a successful Ultimate Taste Test 2015!!
To all food purveyors at the UTT 2015, thank you for letting us taste your masterpieces!
We had such a nice time and we can’t wait for next year’s UTT!
As for San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, I think I’ll see more of you at home…. I’m excited to make my own beer pairings!
Every food looks delicious Ms. Peach, I hope I was able to go to this event too.
It was open to the public. You should have gone.
The list looks like the ultimate of ultimates list. It makes me really hungry. So lucky of you to see Maricar. She’s so pretty.
Yeah, Maricar is really pretty. Thanks Franc.
They really have a lot of variety here. I did try the Cervesa Negra before and it has a smooth taste.
That’s my favorite among the three beers.
The Pictures you took of that are a complete moth watering. I’d love to visit some of those places someday
Too bad I missed this event. It could have been a fun one to attend to!
Awww, sayang nga you missed it. The food providers were generous this year with the portions.
huhuhu I wish I can go to food tasting events like this one. Ang saya saya!
Why not? It’s open to the public
The event looked fun!! 🙂 You’re lucky you got to attend it! 🙂 Thank you for sharing. 🙂
It was indeed super fun!
This event looks so much fun! Hope next year makaattend ako. Thank you for sharing!
You’re welcome. Sana nga maka-attend ka next year.
Oh wow, food galore! I wish I was at that event. Everything looks so delicious.
Everything IS delicious!
Drooling on those beignets!!! And Maricar Reyes’ cake. <3
It’s soo good! Promise!
Wow.. they all look great but If i was there.. i might spend much of my time to the dessert booths haha
I’m not sure though if I am going to choose that Choco-Liquor Cake over the gorgeous Maricar LOL
The desserts are really good!!!
I’m a foodie so I would love to go to an event like this!!! We had a Food Truck event in my hometown a few weeks ago but I missed it ;-(
awwww, too bad you missed it
That al pastor taco looks incredibly delicious – I’ve seen it made once on food network! This looks like such a fabulous event!
It’s one of my favorites!
This is food heaven right here! It all looks so tasty. I, too, love the presentation of the chicken croquettes. Those tacos look tasty, too. And the desserts – yum! Would love to have been there!
Oh you would enjoy this event Alli.
Wow, that looks like a amazing event! I can’t imagine eating even 40 of those choices. You must have been filled to the brim!
Yup! I cannot finish everything.
This is something my Hubs would love to do. We used to talk about going to a food tasting event that would come near us every year.
It’s so much fun, right?
Great event. I would love to attend an event like that.
Try to attend next year.
That all looks great. Ive become such a foodie; I’d love to go to something like that. I love how they paired with different beers.
That’s what I love about too.
Food variety is the answer to this ‘taste test” event which made honesty must be observed. Foodies have different taste for each menu which could give different answers too.
Oh wow! This sounds and looks like an awesome event and I’m sure it was super exciting!
It is indeed very exciting.
Everything looks so good! I really want to try the Chicken Croquettes, I think they look the yummiest 🙂
IT is one of the yummiest.
They all look delicious. Not sure I could chose favorites. Though the pizza on a stick looks good, and sounds creative.
It is very creative.
This looks like such a fun event. It’s really cool that you were able to try some beer and tons of food. Those tacos looked good!
The tacos are really amazing.
Wow, look at all that food! Delicious, this looks like it would be super fun to attend. Great photos too!
Ultimate Taste Test 2015 looks like an amazing event! I’d LOVE to attend something like this some day. It seems like there is such a variety of yummy foods there <3
Yes it is quite an amazing event.
My husband will surely love that Callos from Tarlaqueña, while my son will surely devour the cheesy ensaymada from Portobello. Yum!
Ang sarap pareho, promise.
Such wow! You sure had a great time there. The food are so mouthwatering, makes me feel hungry! I wanna try the mango pudding and matcha choco chip soon.
You can never go wrong with gelato,
What an awesome experience! The food just looks amazing!
yes it was Stephanie. Thanks!
Whoooaaaaaa. Nakakagutommmmm! Maricar’s liquor cake was surely a feast, eh? Nakakatakam
Yes it was really good.
Callos fan here. Would have loved to have that paired with gelato as dessert. Yum!
Yeah, that would be a nice pairing…
Wow food galore I would of had good sensory overload in a good way! I am so happy this was organized and created by a travel blogger how cool I would love to attend next year!
So much delicious looking food. This sounds like a great festival for foodie. I’ll have to see if it comes to my city too!
I hope it reaches you.
San Miguel pala ang Cerveza Negra? Anyway, I can see from the photos that you totally enjoyed roaming around considering there’s a celebrity hehe.
Yes and we did enjoy the event. Punta ka next year!
Mukhang exciting event ito ah. Di ko pa yan na try maybe next year.
Ganda ni Maricar.
oo, ganda ni Maricar.