STA. Rita’s homegrown theater arts group Arti Sta. Rita will stage a new zarzuela entitled "Gintu Ing Kule Ning Daya" for the 2018 Duman Festival on December 1.
The play is inspired by peasant uprisings and independence movements by the peasant class. The play is in celebration of the 16th Duman Festival to be staged at the Eco Park in Barangay San Isidro in this town.
The event will be featuring food stalls that will be selling Kapampangan food and delicacies. The famed Duman will also be available for sale.
Locals and Kapampangans from abroad usually troop to this town for Duman which is made in the Barangays of Santa Monica and San Agustin.
The festival is capped by a Kapampangan theater performance.
The event will be held at town's famed EcoPark area with performances from homegrown Kapampangan artist group ArtiStaRita. The festival started in 2002, which originated from the long-standing tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or green delicacy called "duman."
The festival features alfresco dining were rows and rows of delicacy stalls would sell various pastries and native dishes of the town, with duman being the major highlight. The food sold during the festival would include native pastry attractions of the town like sansrival, masa podridu, mamon and mamon tostado. Sta. Rita is known as a pastry town with a strong culinary tradition.
The festival has attracted a steady following of local and international tourists. The Duman Festival is, arguably, the only festival of its kind that is held in the evening and features festive dining until the wee hours of the evening. The program for the event is expected to start at 5 p.m.
The event is open to food enthusiasts and tourists who would like to sample native Kapampangan cooking and delicacies. Different grades of duman, the star of the festival celebration, will also be sold in the event. Traditionally regarded as a Christmas delicacy, duman is eaten with hot chocolate or milk as additive or accompanying drink.