By Analou De Vera
Various local food products were highlighted during the recent 9th edition of the Philippine Harvest.
The program was a joint collaboration of the Department of Tourism and Store’s Specialists Inc. (SSI). The food trade expo was held at the Central Square Mall in Taguig City.
Local produce that were showcased by 40 local food exhibitors include Balangay’s Best dried pusit, dilis, and dangit from Bantayan Island, Cebu, C.O.P. pili nuts from Albay province, El Union draft coffee from La Union, Oro Verde mangoes from Guimaras, Fresh Start Organics piaya from Negros Occidental, Auro Chocolates from Davao, Casa del Formaggio cheese from Negros Island, Kajuayan Coco water from Quezon, and Sweets for Ferann silvanas from Dumaguete.
“The way to promote a country is through its food, culinary tourism. You can, through Philippine Harvest, go around and taste the food from all over the country in just one place,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
In recent statements, Puyat, who was a former undersecretary of the Agriculture department, said that she is planning to focus on farm and culinary tourism.
“Farms now are tourist spots. More and more people want to visit farms, plant, harvest, and to experience farming. We already have accredited farms that tourists can go to and experience agriculture,” added Secretary Romulo-Puyat.
SSI President Anton Huang along with diplomats from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Spain, Venezuela, France, and Nigeria graced the event in support of farm tourism and indigenous Philippine products.
“We have given local farmers and Pinoy ‘agripreneurs’ a channel to showcase the Philippines’ finest flavors and ingredients,” said Huang.