‘Kaon Na’ food, travel fes­ti­val un­der­way in Cebu City

Manila Bulletin - - Visayas News -

CEBU CITY — The “Kaon Na” (Let’s Eat) food and travel fes­ti­val si­mul­ta­ne­ously opened in two Ayala Malls in Legazpi and in Cebu City on Fri­day, show­cas­ing au­then­tic Philip­pine cui­sine.

The fes­ti­val in the two cities will run un­til to­day, Sun­day.

“Culi­nary tourism works,” Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) Sec­re­tary Ber­nadette Ro­mulo-Puyat said in one of her sor­ties here.

She said food is al­ways one of the things to con­sider in the places tourists visit, and it has al­ways been a part of one’s travel itin­er­ary.

Puyat cited the DOT’s An­nual Vis­i­tor Sam­ple Sur­vey 2017 that spend­ing on food and bev­er­ages com­prises al­most one-third of the tourist to­tal ex­pen­di­ture and 93 per­cent of tourists have en­gaged in a unique food or bev­er­age ex­pe­ri­ence cit­ing the 2016 Food Travel Mon­i­tor of the World Food Travel As­so­ci­a­tion.

“This event will prove the coun­try as a vi­brant culi­nary tourism des­ti­na­tion and cre­ate aware­ness of the richly-di­verse Filipino cui­sine,” Puyat stated.

“Kaon Na” gath­ered se­lected Filipino chefs from prom­i­nent restau­rants, and ho­tels to serve their best Filipino recipes, in­clud­ing Bi­col Ex­press, Cebu le­chon, kare-kare, Humba de ronda, and kini­law.

Head­lin­ing the pre­sen­ta­tions were chefs And­hei Na­cion of Ori­en­tal Ho­tel, Marc Milo Mer­cader, Ed­sel Fal­cotelo, and Ed­ward Emil Eu­ge­nio of Lola Say­ong Eco-Surf­ing Camp, Bong Aspe of First Colo­nial Grill, Ruel Leg­son of Mis­i­bis Bay Re­sort, Mar­ica Bue­naflor of Que Pasa and En­rico Calleja of Casa Simeon from Bi­col.

In Cebu, chefs June Fer­nan­dez of Cebu Park­lane In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, Mar­lou Al­masco of Golden Prince Ho­tel, Richard Hao of Univer­sity of San Jose Reco­le­tos, De­ofrey Vistal of Radis­son Blue Cebu, Vin­cent Cara­cut of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu and An­thony Choa of Ralfe Gourmet high­lighted the lo­cal dishes of Cen­tral Visayas.

Suc­ceed­ing Kaon Na! fes­ti­vals will also be held at Ayala North Point in Ba­colod on Novem­ber 16-18; Abreeza Mall in Davao on Novem­ber 16-18; Mar­quee Mall in Pam­panga on De­cem­ber 8-10; Cen­trio Ayala in Ca­gayan de Oro on Novem­ber 23-25 and Ayala Malls Sole­nad in La­guna on De­cem­ber 7-9, 2018. (Minerva BC Newman)

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