Culinary industry takes centerstage in Date 2015

DAVAO CITY's culinary industry will take center stage in the upcoming Davao Agri Trade Expo (Date) 2015, the flagship event of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII).

John Carlo Tria, Date 2015 program head, told reporters in yesterday's Kapehan Sa Dabaw at the SM City Annex that they will be staging the Culinary Festival dubbed as "Cook's Golden Dory Cook-Off Challenge 2015," during the three-day event.

"This year, we are staging this event to take part in the booming culinary industry in the city," he said.

Date 2015 is slated on September 25 to 27 at the SMX Convention Center. Organizers are eyeing to generate P300 million in revenues during the event. They are expecting some 10,000 visitors during the event.

The culinary fest's cooking show will be on the third day of the event (September 27) starting at 8 a.m.

"Culinary fest is also staged to promote healthy competition among different culinary schools in the city," Tria said adding that the event is in partnership with Vitarich Cooks. Celebrity Chefs will judge the participating culinary schools.

Date 2015 will also offer something for this year through organizing the first "Lechon Parade," which will also be on the last day of the event. The parade is in cooperation with Davao Hog Farmers Association and Davao Association of Veterinary Technical Representatives.

"We do not only showcase the lechon, of course we will also offer this to all the Date 2015 visitors for free, so we are inviting families to visit the event," he said.

This year's Date will focus on the livestock, poultry and aquaculture industry. The event carries the theme: "Building Local Products for the Global Community."

An agri-finance forum, dairy production and game fowl industry will also take center stage during the three-day expo.

Date 2015 is spearheaded by the DCCCII in partnership with the City Government of Davao, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture and Hogs Farmers Association.

It is also supported by the Davao Association of Veterinary Technical Representatives Inc., Mindanao Alliance of Dairy Industry Stakeholders Association, Goat and Sheep Raisers Association of Davao, Southern Philippines Egg Producers Association, Mindanao Integrated Aquaculture Association, Davao United Gamefowl Breeders Association, and Mindanao Game Fowl Breeders Association.
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