Flavors of the Philippines 2017, the month-long gastronomic celebration of Filipino cuisine mounted by the Department of Tourismand the Tourism Promotions Board, joins in on the fun in the North as it celebrates “Bangus Festival 2017” in Dagupan City.
The festival is an annual event hosted by the City of Dagupan, dubbed as the Bangus Capital of the Philippines, to promote the city’s status as the primary producer of bangus and its derived products.
Promising to be grander and more colorful this year, Bangus Festival 2017 runs from April 16 to May 6, with various activities lined up. Visitors will be treated to a culinary entertainment with Bangusine on April 25, at the Dagupan City Plaza. “Bangusine” is a cooking contest featuring the star ingredient, the bangus, and exemplifying the fusion of Western and Oriental flavors in the unique dishes.
Dagupan’s barangays will be competing for the title in Gilon-Gilon Ed Baley, a parade and street dancing competition on April 21, at the Downtown Loop in the Dagupan City Plaza.
The streets and the plaza will once again be filled with merriment on April 28 for the Festivals of the North: All-Star Street Dancing Competition featuring different towns from all the provinces of Region I.
Fun and excitement will also take the centerstage at the plaza on April 22 with the Bangus Rodeo, a bangus beauty pageant and games event. Meanwhile, on April 23 the Bangus Festival Fun Run will be staged at the De Venecia Road Extension.
Witness the battle of beauty and wit on April 23, at the plaza for the much-awaited MsTisang Bangus 2017: Gay Beauty Pageant with a purpose.
Popular bands and performers like Spongecola, Up Dharma Down, Hale, Rocksteddy, Silent Sanctuary, Itchyworms, and Yeng Constatino will also head north to join the Bangusan Street Party on April 30, at the De Venecia Road Extension.
An addition to the festive celebration, tattoo artists will showcase their admirable skills in the craft in the newest event dubbed Ink Break which will be happening on May 6, at the Mayor’s Pavilion, Tondaligan Blue Beach.
Flavors of the Philippines 2017 is a nationwide culinary festival wherein different regions and provinces will showcase their unique cuisines through various events ranging from food tastings, specials meals and buffets, to community-wide fiestas, bazaars, and fairs.
It is the local component of Madrid Fusion Manila, Spain’s famed culinary event and leading international gathering which brings elite international chefs and food experts in one venue to discuss evolution of tastes, trends in food, and food habits.