ANGELES CITY - A sundry of events ranging from food fairs, cook-offs and cooking demos will pepper the whole month of April as the city participates in Flavors of the Philippines.
Organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT), “Flavors” is a month-long cultural and gastronomic feast, allowing patrons to experience the varied dishes and cuisines from across the Philippines' 7,107 islands.
With this, the local government, through the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) has coordinated with various public and private sector partners to put up several events for the whole month.
According to Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, the wealth of events held here in Angeles is an indication of the rich culinary culture of the city.
“We are proud to say that we feature a diverse array of cuisines to satisfy every palate in Angeles. We have the world renowned Sizzling Sisig, the sweet desserts, the exotic food, and the flavorful home cooked meals of every Angeleño household,” said Pamintuan.
"From the local fiestas, to our grand events, and the hundreds of restaurants here, we want people to come to the city and experience the gastronomic adventure that await," he added.
Starting off the month’s celebration was the second annual Sisig festival which was held on April 1, 7:00 p.m. at the Nepo Quad Center. This was followed by Flavor Fusion: A Gastronomic Adventure held the next day, 4 p.m. at the SM City Clark, Meeting Place.
Cafe Fleur, in Miranda Street, Sto. Rosario will have a month-long celebration of offering an avant garde Capampangan cuisine experience with the opening of “Babo” on its second floor. Also, the Historic Camalig Restaurant in Sto. Rosario will be serving Lunch and Dinner buffets during Fridays and Saturdays and lunch buffets on Sundays for the whole month.
Meanwhile, on April 9, a demonstration of Betute (stuffed frog) and Camaru (mole crickets) as an authentic exotic Capampangan cuisine will be held at the Museo ning Angeles at 6:00 pm. On the same day, an All Out Capampangan Buffet will be offered by B and B Grill at Hensonville Homes Subdivision, Malabanias at 7 p.m.
The Hotel and Restaurants Association in Pampanga (HARP) will test the imaginations and cooking prowess of chefs in the region with the Cook-Off Challenge Year 3 on April 20 at 1 p.m. at the SM City Clark, Meeting Place.
Highlighting "Flavors" will be the Sisig Fiesta 2016 with a Cooking Demo by Chef Claude Tayag of Downtown and Chef Sau del Rosario of Cafe Fleur which will take place at the Museo ning Angeles on April 22 at 10 in the morning.
Holy Angel University students will be having the Aslag, a food truck festival on April 29 and 30 at 4 p.m. at the university grounds.
Other Tourism Events
Accompanying the gastro-centric happenings is a bevy of events around the city for the month of April.
An exploration of the city through Clark to Subic Invitational Bike Tour attended by the different bikers’ organizations was held at April 1 and 2 at Clark and Subic with the DOT and ACTO.
On April 9, at 3 p.m., the Mr. Philippines Finalists will have a heritage tour at the Angeles Heritage District.
Party the night away at SM City Clark with CastAway 3:3 Cities, 30 Artists, 1 Big Music Festival will be held the same day at six o’clock in the evening at SM City Clark.
Preliminary competitions for Mister Philippines 2016 will then take place on the 10th at the Systems Plus College Foundation Gymnasium.
Be amazed as Master Einoju Senju performs a traditional Japanese dance with the accompaniment of a Shamisen instrument at the Japan - Philippines cultural exchange that will be held at the Plaza Angel on April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Finally, encourage your kids to be a part of the Kiddie Chef League where basic cooking courses for children are being offered by ISCAHM for the whole month.
For more information about the events, contact 0977-377-1585 or visit ACTO’s Facebook page at fb.com/AngelesCityTourismOffice. (AC-CIO)