Fresh produce, Filipino food take spotlight at 8th Philippine Harvest

The fair takes place from June 14 to 17 at the Central Square, Bonifacio High Street

SWEET MANGOES. Mangoes from Guimaras. All photos by Alexa Villano/Rappler unless stated
SWEET MANGOES. Mangoes from Guimaras. All photos by Alexa Villano/Rappler unless stated

MANILA, Philippines – Store Specialists Inc (SSI) and the Department of Tourism joined together once again for this year's Philippine Harvest at the Central Square in Bonifacio High Street.

Philippine Harvest: Celebration of Philippine Food Destinations, the 8th iteration of the event, features food from provinces like Ilocos, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Guimaras and more.

Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and guests from the diplomatic core opened the event on Thursday, June 14. The food and agri-fair will run until June 17.

Puyat, who was previously undersecretary for the Department of Agriculture, said that she's very grateful for SSI president Anthony Huang and wife Nina's support of the project.

MORE PROJECTS. Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is hoping to push more focus on agri-tourism and food.

MORE PROJECTS. Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is hoping to push more focus on agri-tourism and food.

"We thought of this project because we wanted to promote our food — local food from all over the country," she said.

Puyat said some assumed that after her transfer to the Department of Tourism, she'd stop being active in promoting local food. Instead, Puyat thinks the best way to promote a country is through its food.

"More and more people now want to visit farms. Plant, harvest, and to experience farming," she said, adding that she will also push for culinary tourism.

Here's a look at some of the food and produce your can check at the event.

SALAD BAR. Salad from Salad Stop can also be tasted at the event.

SALAD BAR. Salad from Salad Stop can also be tasted at the event.

CAGAYAN's FINEST. Food from Cagayan such as carabeef tapa meals and batil patung can also be experienced.

CAGAYAN's FINEST. Food from Cagayan such as carabeef tapa meals and batil patung can also be experienced.

MAMA SITA. The brand's vinegar and mixes can also be bought at the food fair.

MAMA SITA. The brand's vinegar and mixes can also be bought at the food fair.

WINE AND MORE. Some of the tuba, lambanog and wine from the country.

WINE AND MORE. Some of the tuba, lambanog and wine from the country.

 

HEALTHY DRINKS. You can also buy your daily juices at the food and farm fair.

HEALTHY DRINKS. You can also buy your daily juices at the food and farm fair.

 

HONEY TO BEE. Raw honey from Bulacan.

HONEY TO BEE. Raw honey from Bulacan.

 

SWEET DRINKS. Dalan and mango juice ready for drinking.

SWEET DRINKS. Dalan and mango juice ready for drinking.

 

PIAYA. Different flavors of Negros's delicacy.

PIAYA. Different flavors of Negros's delicacy.

 

YUMMY PORK. Delicious pork lechon can also be bought.

YUMMY PORK. Delicious pork lechon can also be bought.

 

CHOCOLATE. The chocolates from Auro. Photo courtesy of SSI

CHOCOLATE. The chocolates from Auro. Photo courtesy of SSI

 

HEALTHY SNACKS. JaLee's mushroom chicharon. Photo from SSI

HEALTHY SNACKS. JaLee's mushroom chicharon. Photo from SSI

 

– Rappler.com

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