One trade fair I always look forward to visiting is the Philippine Harvest regularly happening in BGC Central Square. Last August 24-26, SSI (Stores Specialists, Inc.) Group in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board brought together DOT-accredited farm sites across the different regions together with selected travel agencies and 30 local food exhibitors.
In costume: contingent from the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The food and travel expo also presented mini-lectures on sustainable tourism and sustainable dining, organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.
“We hope to develop sustainable farm tourism as a dependable source of income for Filipinos in line with implementation of the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, which serves as one of our strategies for countryside development,” said Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.
Among the Luzon-based farm tour operators who showcased their wares at the exhibit were Terra Verde Eco Farm from Maragondon Cavite, Layog Country Farm from Mountain Province, Amancio’s Dairy and Produce Farm from Cordon Isabela, Tam-An Eco-Tourism Farm from Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, The FarmHouse by EDL from Capas, Tarlac, and Amadeo Nurture Farmacy from Cavite.
The Visayas and Mindanao contingents include Sonrisa Farm from Magarao, Camarines Sur, Ephrathah Farms Corp. from Iloilo, BinahonAgroforesty Farm from Lantapan, Bukidnon, and Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park from Tupi, South Cotabato.
Local produce from the partner exhibitors were also featured in the food show. These include dried seafood, coffee, heirloom rice, chocolate, craft beers, fruit wines, fresh fruits, and local sausages, among others.
We highly recommend our favorite Auro Chocolates. It is a proudly Filipino, bean-to-bar chocolate company that sustainably sources cocoa beans directly from local farming communities in Davao. With varieties of 42%, 55%, 64% and 77% dark chocolates.
JALees Mushroom Chicharon is from a farm located in Indang, Cavite. The farm aims to grow and create products from fresh oyster mushrooms and Ganoderma lucidum, to healthy mushroom chicharon snacks and other products. With different flavors like hickory BBQ, original, peri-peri, garlic, beef tapa, and chili.
In photo: Mama Sita’s Sinigang sa Bayabas Guava Soup Base Mix, Pinoy Ensalada Sweet Black Pepper Vinaigrette, and Heirloom Rice. In bazaars like Philippine Harvest, Mama Sita offers a lot of their products not normally found in major supermarkets. In these pop-ups, they even have Adlai paella and Make Your Own Sisig kit.