By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – The city of Bacolod will be celebrating the first-ever “Rum Festival” in the Philippines on August 17 to 24 to highlight the best cuisines in Negros Occidental.
Former city Councilor Em Ang earlier authored an ordinance, declaring the third week of August as “Rum Festival” here, in collaboration with the Tanduay Distillers, Inc., which spearheads the festivity.
Dubbed as the sugar capital of the Philippines, Bacolod is also home to the world’s largest selling rum, Ang said.
Rum is a distilled clear alcoholic beverage which is a by-product of molasses production or made directly from sugar cane juice.
”It is just fitting that the city government institute a festival to commemorate the contribution of rum in the sugar industry especially to the people of the city,” Ang said in a press briefing at Cafe Azucarera here over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Tanduay Distillers, Inc. chief marketing officer Paul Lim, in a press statement, said the festival celebrates the ingenuity of the Filipino.
The event will not only give toast to the humble sugarcane, but also highlights the best of culinary arts in Negros Occidental through the much-awaited Sabor Bisaya exhibit and contest, as part of the activities.
Lim said Filipinos are also being known for creating fantastic dishes, with Negros Occidental having some of the most amazing dishes.
“We are raising a glass to all culinary students and professionals who continue to make delicious creations from old-time favorites to new dishes, by supporting Sabor Bisaya,” he added.
Sabor Bisaya is being held every two years, as one of the most highly-anticipated food exhibits and culinary competitions in the Negros region, being organized by the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental (HRANO) in association with the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines-Western Visayas.
It also serves as a venue for hoteliers, restaurant owners, caterers, bakers, food processors, entrepreneurs and the academe to learn the latest trends and techniques as well as network and interact with top chefs and players in the industry, and to sample the latest food products and ingredients.
It will also showcase the exciting Chefs’ Ward Regional Competition of the National Food Showdown with various teams from Negros and Panay islands.