Sunday, March 17, 2019

Philippine Culinary at its best in 2019 National Food Fair

The fair for happy tummy is back, 2019 National Food Fair open last March 14 at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall with a theme “Philippine Cuisine and Ingredients show” is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry tru Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion in cooperation with DTI’s Regional and Provincial Offices, with support from Department of Tourism and La Germania.
Chef  Gabby Pratts, DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez and Chef Anton Abad.
NFF is a platform for micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) to showcase the best Philippine Food products, it has an added food and tourism festival component with live cooking demonstrations by featured Chefs and food tasting activities in promoting the country as a culinary destination.
For this year, exhibitors are almost double compare to the previous years, there are 250 registered participants from 16 regions of the Philippines, 40 of that are new players to this field such as processed foods and beverage, regional delicacies, dietary supplements, fresh produce, herbs and cooking ingredients, and some DOT accredited operators of farm tourism destinations. 
“I was told like in the previous trade fair, ngayon umaga pa lang marami ng tao, dati kasi hapon nagkakaroon ng tao, apparently marami ng excited to look into new products that being offered na wala last year, so yun po magandang hanapin dito, marami ng halal certified products.” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said during the mini presscon after the opening ceremony.
NFF last until March 17, 2019 from 10am up to 9 in the evening and its free admission to the public. Other highlight of the event is the featured on some finest Chefs that proudly brings our own food to the next level, these are Chef Boy Logro, Cherry Tan, Don Edward Quito, Vince Garcia, Raymund Yabut and many more.
“We give samples thru our dishes na kinuha namin sa ibang country, but the way we present it is in Filipino style, so it’s a twist of international Philippines.” Chef Anton Abad of Vikings said as he represent Region 11 of Mindanao.

“We are highlighting the main product which is sugar cane, we gonna be doing a lot of recipes that really focus everything from the juice to the end product, sugar. But our recipes is not only focus on the sweetness of sugarcane, but the unique mix in the combinations with sugar, sugar cane, not only unique in texture and experience.”  Chef Gabby Pratts of Serye representing the Visayas region.
NFF also is a hub to get to know DTI’s One Town One Product program, these are retail stores or products that DTI assist in production to packaging, in order to compete in the mainstream market. For more information about NFF please email bdtp@dtigov.ph or call telephone numbers (+63 2 751 3223) or follow facebook page www.facebook.com/DTI.BDTP or visit www.dti.gov.ph .

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