What are some of the most popular Filipino food festivals?
Our very own local food scene is beautifully diverse and that is indeed one of many reasons why it’s more fun in the Philippines. Any foodie or food fanatic will love to be the first to visit each one of these festivals – rest assured that these events will not disappoint in terms of presenting a memorable feast to satisfy your intense hunger for good food.
Want to be the first in line to the serving table? Then you might want to jot these major food festivals down in your planner so you won’t forget. The food will surely excite your taste buds – just like our own wedding catering in Manila.
Who loves a savory roasted lechon? Everybody! The crunchy roasted pig skin and the succulent pork meat. Mmmm! This is something that never goes missing in any table, especially if it is a grand celebration whether it be birthdays, christening, or weddings, you’’ll be sure to find this being served in a dining hall because we Filipinos can’t live without it. Lechon festivals are celebrated in Batangas during January, and in Iligan on September.
Mr. Krabs should be in hiding when July hits in Samar because the Alimango festival is something to look forward to. Crabs, crabs, and lots of alimangos for all in Sta. Margarita where they celebrate this festival with parades, games, and a lot of cooking contests on who can serve the best dish using the star of the show – Crabs!
Kesong Puti Festival
Love a good cheese? Everyone loves it, especially white cheese made from the milk of a water buffalo or more locally known as the carabao. Kesong puti has been a traditional palaman for the Filipinos monay and pandesal, and your pretty much set for the whole day if you’ve had them for breakfast. The warm bread pandesal and the cheesy goodness of kesong puti. Yum! This festival is celebrated in Sta, Cruz Laguna on March.
A local delicacy, suman is the Filipinos original version of the sticky rice cake that is wrapped in banana leaves and served with either sugar granules or sweet syrup. You will find sumans being sold on the streets because they are a pretty common snack food and can fill you up for at least a good number of hours. Suman Festivals are held on February in Aurora, and on May in Antipolo.
Well, if you haven’t had your seafood fill then you better make sure to visit General Santos City on September because you will be greeted with the most protein packed dishes of Tuna. Locals celebrate this festival with a tuna float parade, which is a very exciting event to witness, to say the least. Game up on your eating because it’s going to be one heck of a fish party!
Longganisa has long been an important ingredient for a typical Filipino breakfast and what better way to stock up on this food necessity is by visiting the Ilokanos which are famous for their renowned Vigan longganisa. Gas money is not an issue if you can just visit and eat those juicy delicious spicy red meats!
Sure, you may have heard of balut – and the many exotic dishes that is popular in the Philippines; enter itik (also, native duck). The town of Victoria in Laguna has a rich culture in duck-farming, and is a prominent destination for traders, thus earning their title as the “Duck Raising Center of the Philippines.” To pay tribute to the honor that itik has given the municipality, itik festival is being celebrated simultaneously along with the town’s founding anniversary every November – with a lot of dancing and delicacies that is surely to go for!
Before, the people in Cordova, Cebu celebrates Dinagat Festival in honor of their fishing culture and livelihood – however, the festival was later associated with the town’s main marine resource: the Bakasi, also Cordova eel, hence, Dinagat-Bakasi Festival. This festival is a major go-to every month of August for their well-known ritual dance which replicates the movement of the eel, the bakasi race, and their cooking contest, with of course, the bakasi as the star ingredient.
Ever tasted the sweet-tasting mangoes from Guimaras, Iloilo? Every April, the people of Guimaras celebrate their independence while promoting their very own delicious mangoes – and the highlight of the event? The “eat-all-you-can” promo on mangoes for only a hundred peso! Everyone, including Filipinos and tourists alike can eat every each of it within a particular time limit, absolutely terrific!
Considered as the main ingredient in most Philippine cuisines, garlic is being celebrated at Sinait, Ilocos Sur every month of May to honor its glory in the Philippine history, and of course, to give recognition to Ilocano garlic farmers. What’s interesting in this festival is the parade of garlic floats, street dancing, street presentation, and a lot more kinds of competitions that puts garlic and the farmers in the center stage – and oh, do not forget the garlic themed dishes you definitely should not miss out!
It’s a joy to eat lanzones that is not too sour and definitely sweet-tasting, and you might’ve not been informed that these particular sweet lanzones came from Mambajao, Camiguin. Basically, the townspeople celebrate their thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest every October, in line with the season of the tropical fruit lanzones, and like any other festivals, the lanzones festival highlights a line-up of various activities including street dancing, parade and beauty pageants, and product exhibits that’s open for local and foreign tourists as well. But aside all this, the people are most thrilled for the annual beautification contest of the barangays, indigenous sports, and the representation of local culture that will definitely leave you in awe.
The next time you want to have that family vacation, it’s safe to say that you’ll be setting up on some of these food destinations and pretty sure you’re already making plans and gearing up on some of these local food festivals with the whole fam bam because going to the beach is so last season.
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