By Betheena Unite
A trade fair that will feature the country’s farm and food destinations will be held over the weekend in Taguig, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Monday.
Dubbed as Philippine Harvest, the trade fair, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, is also in line with the government’s sustainable tourism development program.
It will run from March 29 to 31 at the Central Square Mall, Bonifacio High Street, Global City in Taguig City.
“The overarching goal of our programs and projects is sustainable tourism as we champion the Filipino farmer and the country’s bountiful produce,” Puyat said.
“We aim to develop sustainable farm tourism as a dependable source of income for Filipinos in line with the implementation of the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, which serves as one of our strategies for countryside development,” the secretary added.
Farm sites that are accredited by DOT, along with selected travel agencies and 30 local food exhibitors will be gathered together in the event.
Local food exhibitors are expected to showcase their organic fruits and vegetables, spices, honey-made products, local artisan chocolates, bamboo tumblers, and other local indigenous products.
Visitors will be treated to a taste of some of the rare recipes like mushroom chicharon; sili ice cream with tinutong na bigas, caramelado and pili flavors; kakanin, rice cookies, kalamansi jams, pastries using local ingredients; Alavar Sauce and other products of Zamboanga, laing longganisa and other Bicol specialties.
Further, local produce such as dried seafood, coco sugar, coffee, heirloom rice, chocolate, craft beer, fruit wines, crunchy garlic, among others will be featured in the three-day trade fair.