Speaking of the Ultimate Taste Test 5.0-- it was at that event that I first learned about the newest weekend market in Bonifacio Global City called Mercato Centrale. When I was reading the Mercato Centrale flyer, thoughts of more hard to find food products and all things home made and home baked instantly flooded my brain, and I just knew I had to be there, too. As if the gastronomic feast laid out in the tent that night weren't enough.
For me, there is a fine line between curiosity and gluttony. I would like to think that I have not crossed it. But I am sure as heck walking right on it.
Days later, thanks to Anton and Spanky I received an invite to the launch of Mercato Centrale by email. "Of course I will be there. Are you kidding me?" Was what I told my computer screen as soon as I opened the email. So, on December 2, 2010, I got out of bed as early as I could (That's a Sunday, take note.) and prepared for another day immersed in... food.
When we got there the place was packed. Both with food merchants and hungry folks.
I felt excitment in the air and the fact that it was the grand launching of the weekend market, I think, was only a small factor. The place was literally bursting at the seams with so much gastronomic possibilities- from organic herbs and chicken to home-cooked gourmet meals and home-baked desserts. I instantly knew that it is the place to be for those who love to cook as well as for the gourmands with palates that are always hungry for new and exquisite cuisines.
Apart from the food, I appreciated the live music that the organizers provided especially for the event. That together with their efforts at making the place well-ventilated and providing an eating area with tables and chairs, all in all the Mercato Centrale experience made for a worthwhile Sunday morning. There really was no dull moment there for me that day. Even when I have hunkered down to a table to nibble on my smokehouse Jamaican Jerk Chicken sandwich.
"Inspired by the outdoor markets of Mercato Centrale in Florence and the Boroughs Market in London, Mercato Centrale at Bonifacio Global City is an innovative weekend lifestyle market with unique, great tasting food finds that you won’t find anywhere around the metro! Mercato also has an extensive selection of healthy and organic fruits, vegetables and livestock, all located in a clean, comfortable, well-ventilated and organized setting.
On top of a fantastic food selection, Mercato will be full of fun activities, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment that will keep your family coming back for more every weekend. The weekend market will also have Sunday mass. Organized by the same people who brought to you the highly successful Ultimate Taste Test and the Mommy Mundo events, Mercato Centrale promises to be THE destination for foodies from all over Metro Manila.