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DTI brings food products from 16 regions to Metro Manila

Home-grown fresh and processed food products from the country’s 16 regions will be for sale in the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) upcoming Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair, showcasing regional specialties and delicacies occasionally available in Metro Manila.

“While food fairs have become quite a common place to look for home-grown products and best buys especially with the prevalence of weekend markets, the Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair will bring together more than 250 food entrepreneurs from the various regions of the country in one venue,” DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. said.

With the tagline “Piling-piling pagkaing Pilipino”, the fair will be held at the SM Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City from 21 to 25 August 2013. The DTI in cooperation with its regional and provincial offices, and the Department of Agriculture (DA) is organizing this fair.

“Since around half of our micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are into the food and beverage sector, we are organizing this fair to create more business opportunities for our food entrepreneurs. This way, we focus on a sector with a competitive advantage.” Manalo said.

Some of the products for sale are coffee from Benguet, unoy rice from Kalinga, empanada from Ilocos, longanisa from Vigan, Ivatan yellow rice from Batanes, sans rival from Pampanga, cashew nuts from Palawan, smoked fish from Cavite, suman sa lihiya from Oriental Mindoro, laing and pinangat from Albay, snack food from Iloilo, chicharon from Cebu, moron from Leyte, juices from Zamboanga, processed meat from Misamis Oriental, coco sugar from Davao del Sur, and tablea from Agusan del Sur.

The first day of the fair will be devoted to institutional buyers from hotels, resorts, and restaurants, as well as media outfits. The succeeding four days will be open to the public.

The fair will also hold free cooking demonstrations and training seminars. The cooking demonstrations will be hosted by the LJC Restaurant Group and Culinary Institute of Aristocrat (August 22), Ultima Entrepinoy and Pan Pacific (August 23), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (August 24); and Villa Salud Catering (August 25). The seminar topics include: basics of exporting (August 24), food handling and food additives (August 24), and business opportunities in meat processing and food cart business (August 25).

For more information on the fair, you may contact the DTI through the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT) at 751.3223, or email at bdt@dti.gov.ph. The BDT is at the ground floor of the Trade and Industry Building, 361 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City. You may also visit the fair’s website at www.sikatpinoyfairs.com, or “like” its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SikatPinoyFairs.
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