By Analou De Vera
The different unique food of Mindanao was featured during the ‘Kain Na!,’ food and travel festival of the Department of Tourism, that was recently held at the Ayala Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro City.
Tourism Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III said that regions of Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and the Province of Lanao del Norte highlighted their respective specialties during the three-day food and travel festival.
“The DOT has been at the forefront of promoting food tourism for more than a decade now. We continue to strengthen this fruitful partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, and Ayala Malls championing food and farm tourism,” said Alabado.
“Tourists are now becoming more curious of the Philippines because we are now presenting to them [that] there’s more than beaches in the Philippines. We have food, we have textiles, we have so much more to offer and this is what tourism is all about,” he added.
The DOT said that some of the local chefs that participated in the event were Chef Queny Villarante from Zamboanga Peninsula who prepared daral– a coconut sweetmeat crepe, biyaki, steamed corn sweet tamales, jaa, and crispy rice flour treat; Chef Neal Roa and Chef Rowel Gomez from Northern Mindanao who cooked pineapple chicken stew and Bukidnon roast beef; Chef Precious Pearl Valdez and Chef Dina Tuan from Soccsksargen that sampled Gensan rolls and tuna sushi.
Other chefs who joined the event were Chef Paolo Lumbres and Chef Leo Calub from Soccsksargen who prepared buntaa, coconut-stuffed crabs in coconut milk and kinilaw, raw seafood dish; and Chef Roseller Fiel from Lanao del Norte who cooked chicken biryani, beef rendang, and browa.