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Taste the “Flavors of the Philippines” in the Grandest PH festival this April

With April as the Philippine Food Month, Flavors of the Philippines showcases once again the best of NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao culinary fare. It is done through various activities such as cook-offs, food bazaars, food tasting, and market tours. Thus, the country is in for a delightful gastronomic road trip.

Just a brief background on Flavors of the Philippines. It is organized by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism (DOT) which is now in its third year of promoting different food and local cuisines from the different regions through activities held simultaneously across the country,


Paella Gigante

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The festival was kicked off last March 11 by the “Paella Gigante.” Chefs from Les Toques Blanches (LTB) Philippines cooked an 11-foot diameter paella, completos recados with chorizo, chicken, and seafood cooked the traditional way over charcoal and firewood. It was recently held at Greenbelt 3 Park, Makati City.

The fund-raising proceeds are earmarked for the benefit of Sociedad Española de Beneficencia (SEB).


Other Gastro Events in line with Flavors of the Philippines

National Capital Region (NCR)

  • Smokey Tour” will walk visitors through the market area of Old Manila with merchandise ranging from medicinal herbs, birds, and clothing to digital gadgets, open every day except Wednesdays.
  • Glimpse of Filipino Culture” is a cultural exhibit in Art Gallery Sining Kamalig in Quezon City.
  • Sabado Mercado” is where the city of San Juan offers the best of their home-cooked meals which are a fusion of Oriental and Western cuisines.
  • All Natural Health Fair” and “Vegan Fair” are where the Lucky Chinatown offers delicious and healthy food prepared the natural way.
  • Cheese and Deli Festival” is a special fair of special local and imported cheese and prepared meats such as sausages, hams, and salamis.



  • CALABARZON will parade the “Pamana ng Quezon Kulinarya,” featuring the heirloom recipes of Quezon passed on from generation to generation. Plus, there is a photo and recipe exhibit of historian Mr. Ige Ramos called “Cavite:Culinary Destination.”


Zamboanga Peninsula

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  • Zamboanga Peninsula will once again have their “Savores” (chavacano term for ‘flavors’) comprised of two activities namely “Savores Expo,” featuring the cooking skills of the local chefs, and “Savores Dine,” highlighting the different specialties of Zamboanga.


Above are some of the activities lined up for this month. For full event schedule click here.



Madrid Fusión Manila 2017

Of course, you also shouldn’t also miss Madrid Fusion Manila, the first and only Asian edition of Madrid Fusión.

Madrid Fusión is the most important gastronomy event in the world, celebrated annually in Madrid, Spain since 2003.

MFM features the following components:

  • Madrid Fusión Manila International Gastronomy Congress
  • Fusión Manila International Gastronomy Expo
  • Flavors of the Philippines

MFM 2017 will be held on April 6-8, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.

Don’t miss the chance to take part in the biggest international gathering of some of the most distinguished and revered names in the world of gastronomy.

5 Responses to “Taste the “Flavors of the Philippines” in the Grandest PH festival this April”

  1. Ow. So there’s a Philippine food month pala. I am not much into Paella but I salute those who can cook and prepare this dish. I find cooking and preparing it real tiresome. But that big Paella seems temptingly delicious. I hope to feel the food month celebration this month through discounts and promos from diners and restaurants all over the country. Ihihi.

  2. I never thought that we have this kind of grand food festival and it is done every April. I salute all those people who can cook on huge meals. It is not an easy task. It is so good to see foods from the different places of the Philippines being cooked for a great event like this one. Two thumbs up to those people behind this feast.

  3. Louisa

    That’s one huge pot of paella. The Philippines has many flavors so many that I don’t think it would be possible to taste all of them! You need a really strong stomach to venture in food festivals. Hope I get to join one.

  4. I didn’t know April is Philippine food month! We should spread about this more! Hehe. Kudos to those people preparing paella. I wonder how many people were able to finish those. And also, this is a great idea to promote tourism and Filipino flavors. We have yet a long way to international scene regarding Filipino food but this is a concrete step for Filipino dishes to be known.

  5. I never knew that April is the food month in the Philippines. Thanks for the info. This post made me realize that aside from having a diverse culture, the food around the country is different as well. And look at that giant paella! It’s making me want to join too.


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