This year’s International Food Exhibition (IFEx) Philippines, to be held May 16-18, will highlight ethnic delicacies from Cebu and other provinces of the Central Visayas region as the Department of Trade and Industry promotes food exports through tourism.
The department’s Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions says IFEx Philippines will showcase products from the provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, and Cebu through the show’s partner region program.
The products will include “guinamos” (fermented fish), “caycay” (peanut-coated biscuits), “kalamay baye-baye” (similar to Southern Tagalog’s “espasol”), “budbud” (a version of glutinous rice) and “bud-bod kabog” (millet).
There will also be food innovations such as oatmeal cookies with mango chips and chewy fruit bars that consist of popped rice, nuts, and dried mangoes and papayas. And then there will be traditional fares, such as “broas,” butter scotch, mamon tostado” (toasted chiffon cake), and diet chocolates from Cebu; “tajada” (also known as “biscocho”), herbal teas and spreads, “salabat” [ginger ale], and ginger-flavored candies from Bohol; jam squares and fruit bars from Negros Oriental; and banana fries and “tortalitas” from Siquijor.
Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said his department was promoting community-based rural tourism to optimize the production and sale of indigenous products, boost household incomes and encourage ecological preservation in the countryside.
With editing by INQUIRER.net