I was excited to attend the YUMMY Eats food fair at The Fort over the weekend, mostly because I knew the vendors would be among the best this city has to offer. Glad to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Thumbs up to the zoning of the event venue, the NBC Tent, on the big day because it wasn’t crowded and stifling. The Yummy Magazine team carefully picked the 31 food retailers who would sell their products that day, with a little bit of everything to sample from each category – from drinks to cakes to the ultimate tummy fillers like lechon.
I ended up buying the following things: two liters of Holly’s Milk, sinaing na tulingan from Farm and Deli Enterprises, cheese pimiento from Bean & Baker, one jar of Honey Shrimp Sauce (the new bagoong!) and several pieces of Big Daddy’s Chicken for the kids.
Likewise, the hubby bought jam from The Fruit Garden and the Gasul coin bank which is the miniature version of the gas tank… cute! The tub of Russian tea cookies from Classic Confections was really delicious…. I couldn’t help nibbling one after the other. Of course, I wanted to buy more but I was restrained by the thought of too many unopened merchandise in the kitchen…it’s not really practical anymore. I swear I could have bought more because there were lots of nice food items in this fair. It’s great to discover new sellers!
So yes, here are my notes from the event:
The dessert I went back to for seconds and thirds was the buko pie martini of The Chef’s Table. Is it a drink? No. Is it a cake? No. Better ask Chef Bruce Lim what it is. I did taste pastry crust at the bottom, coconut milk and slivers of soft macapuno. This was my favorite sweet treat at the event!
The Photogenic award definitely goes to the Little Miss OC Kitchen because of their cute cupcakes which are inspired by popular video games like Angry Birds & Plants vs Zombies. There’s nothing like it! Browse their Flickr portfolio some more and you’d be surprised to know that Little Miss OC creates the most fanciful designs in their cakes – from Louis Vuitton bags to Barbie 😀
The honor of the Coffeeshop I Like to Hang Out In goes to Bean & Baker … too bad they’re in faraway Pasig City. I couldn’t get enough of their quezo de bola cheese pimiento with melba toast. It also helps that they carry selections from Divine Desserts. Aside from their bestselling double fudge cake, they also have this wasabi KitKat mousse which tasted interesting: first layer was wafer crust, second is cheesecake and the third is meringue, finally topped with sweet wasabi frosting.
General’s Lechon was adjudged by YUMMY as the best lechon in Metro Manila. I did order one for my daughter’s christening last year. I think they’re the only ones with garlic and curry flavor for their lechon which is roasted in the way they do it in Negros province. A bit salty in some parts but a must-try:)
I liked Goodies n’ Sweets oatmeal raisin cookies. Simple and classic but will always remind me of home.
The Best For Takeout award is given to whaPAO! for their siopao which looked cozy enough being carted away by customers in boxes. Whapao is a new take on siopao because it is baked rather than steamed, and is available in a variety of flavors.
On to the other sellers:
Simply Pie‘s pies were simply delicious. I liked the flakiness of the crust.
Tina Raines‘ frozen meringue pies are as good as her savory pies. Too bad she only had samples and not selling that day
Lots of people raved about Amaya Frozen Caramel which is leche flan, ice cream version. You’ll be addicted if you’re the type who likes leche flan.
As expected, Mochiko was one of the most popular sellers. A lot of people (like me and my daughter) lined up for their samples.
I saw (and tasted) Cerveza Negra Truffles from Risa Chocolates. They also sell choco chip dough and tasty cacao nibs.
Pipino Vegetarian served vegan mac and cheese and other treats for veggie lovers.
Merry Moo’s sea salt and Earl Grey tea ice cream flavors are worth sacrificing your diet for, definitely!
Go Lowcal Cafe if you’re diabetic or simply health conscious. They use natural sugar replacers, isomalt extracted from sugar beets, and organic coco sugar
Pinoy Eats World specializes in food tours and guerrilla dinners. The proponent is from the same family that owns Everybody’s Cafe in Pampanga. I just signed up for one of their mystery trips happening soon!
I was intrigued by Three Instia Road Kitchen’s Chili Kamias Vinaigrette… looks perfect for salads!
I tried cold pressed juice from Honest Juice and it was good indeed. A soda drinker like me can detoxify with these, but can be a bit pricey at P140 for a small bottle.
By the time we ended our food trip and stepped outside to have time for Fruits in Ice Cream, I was too FULL!!1!
Congratulations for a successful affair YUMMY! Encore please! 🙂