ON ITS 13th year, the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Baguio (HRAB) will lead the city in a culinary showdown.

Slated on October 19-21 with the theme “Agree to Agri: Putting our best food Forward”, HRAB president Anthony de Leon said the event will highlight the local and indigenous food and ingredients in the Cordillera.

The HRAB is a celebration of culinary skill running for over a decade creating the concept of the HRT week celebrations, which converge hundreds of students all over the region.

For the first time, the Luzon-wide Chef Wars will be included in the lineup of events as part of the 10th National Food Showdown with a theme “Bringing the Farm to the Table.”

The celebrations will include the search for Mr. and Ms. HRAB, culinary competitions, a jobs and trade fair with seminars.

The annual HRT will be without their trademark offering due to venue problems foregoing its planned exposition of the biggest torte flambé enough to feed 15,000 at a local mall.

The HRAB served more than 15,000 cupcake last year while in the previous years, the group also served the longest and tastiest raisin bread, largest pizza, Pasta Festival, Fried Rice Festival: Rice and Shine, displayed giant ice castles and paraded the longest original Baguio longganisa.

HRAB made the first staging of the Largest Wedding Cake in 2007, which became the dream cake of sixty couples in a mass wedding.

De Leon said the HRT will encourage the use of Cordilleran cuisine and assured all products will be locally sourced.

HRAB is a multi-sectoral group that are stakeholders of the Tourism sector with a mission to become a leader in tourism and hospitality industry backed by training through the pooled resources of member establishments and support of local and line agencies with the objective of upgrading and standardizing skills and the delivery of service.