Another worth your travel to buzzing BGC is here. The 6th Philippine Harvest at Central Square was made possible by the partnership of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) with the French Embassy in Manila. The event was a blast, as it once again brought the rare chance for food lovers to experience a festival that offered the iconic dishes of the Filipino and French cultures.
This three-day trade extravaganza was tagged as “Philippine Harvest Meets Bon Appétit”, which served as one of the highlights of the 70th anniversary of Philippines-France diplomatic ties and interchange. The event was organized by the French Embassy in Manila in line with its “PhilFrance: Feel French!” campaign to celebrate 7 decades of strong bilateral partnership by the two food-loving nations.
For this occasion, Department of Agriculture has invited 24 exhibitors from various parts of the Philippines to present their different takes on what the country has to offer using organic, artisinal, natural and indigenous agricultural products. On the other hand, the French delegates presented their world-renowned cheese, wines, dairy and meat products, pastries, and other delicacies that exemplified their proud gastronomic and culinary tradition, which incidentally is a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List as an embodiment of “intangible” cultural heritage.
I was able to indulge some of the Filipino treats, thanks to a bag full of goodies handed out to me as media. One of the ones that I truly enjoyed while I was touring was El Union Coffee’s third wave cups and Oh So Healthy’s Fruit Crisps, made of all natural ingredients. I also took a bite of a French Croissant as I got my way of Central Square.
“Philippine Harvest Meets Bon Appétit “ was headed by the Office of the Undersecretary for Agribusiness and Marketing and Regional Engagement led by Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat, in collaboration with Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI), Central Square, and the Embassy of France in Manila.
If you missed it given it was only a three-day bonanza, I do hope I’ll see you again on next year’s fair!