There is a gigantic venue where visitors can sample authentic cuisines from 35 countries in a single day. One minute they can enjoy salmon ceviche and merquén mussels from Chile, and the next, jollof rice with chicken and fried plantains from Ghana. Adults can taste wines from Bolivia or the iconic gin-based cocktail from Singapore, the Singapore Sling. In between noshing, guests can dance to live folk music and watch performances from all corners of the earth.
“It’s a very happy place,” said Red Garcia, the chef representing the Philippines. “Food is like music. We break bread, and we share our culture and values. Everyone brings the best of everything.”
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This may evoke Epcot, the theme park inside Walt Disney World in Orlando where families “travel” to different countries, going on educational rides and taking photos with costumed staff members. But unlike an amusement park, there is nothing manufactured about this experience; some even call it cultural diplomacy at work.