By Tara Yap
Iloilo City—The Kain Na! culinary and travel festival of the Department of Tourism (DOT) is focusing on the cuisine of the Western Visayas region.
“We encourage everyone to promote our very own cuisine and local products. Let us show the world why it’s more fun to eat in Western Visayas” said lawyer Helen Catalbas, DOT regional director.
The December 6-8 culinary and travel festival at The Atria highlights the best and iconic dishes from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as from the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo.
The region boasts of varied cuisine and the regional capital of Iloilo is where well-loved soup dishes such as La Paz batchoy and pancit molo originated. On the other hand, Roxas City in Capiz province is dubbed the country’s “Seafood Capital.”
Even Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas showcased his cooking skills with his son Miguel, a chef, as the duo cooked lengua (beef tongue), an heirloom recipe.
Kain Na! also showcases DOT’s partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA) in boosting farm tourism and food security to cater to the growing number of tourists visiting Western Visayas.
“Let us support our farms and continue to uplift our culture and heritage,” Catalbas added.
Present at the last leg of Kain Na! for the year were DOT Undersecretary Edwin Enrile, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., and Iloilo City Representative Julienne Baronda.