‘Comidas y Alegrias’ reels off at Plaza Pilar PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 July 2011 15:46

Festival de Comidas y Alegrias, the first ever food festival showcasing the best locally-prepared cuisines will reel off at the Plaza del Pilar at 6 tonight. It will run from today, July 15 until tomorrow, July 16.

Organized by the Department of Tourism in partnership with the city government of Zamboanga, the 2-night Festival de Comidas y Alegrias will be participated by 7 notable hotels and restaurants which will set up booths where they will serve their 3-course meal at P100 only.

DOT Regional director Mary June Bugante said the festival is a fitting and timely event since July is observed as Kulinarya or culinary Month.
The event intends to present a unique fusion of local, Spanish, American, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines, Bugante stressed.

Alavar’s Seefood House will serve baked clams, beef kare-kare, Cream Dory a la Pobre, locon with Alavar’s sauce and grilled specialties. Jardin de la Viña will dish out Dinuguan de Zamboanga, Beak steak de Zamboanga and bopes while Palmera’s Restaurant will cater agar-agar, kulma, Tiula Itum, Locot-locot and baulu.
Garden Orchid Hotel will be bringing in their Lengua Estofado, bam-i, chicken kulma, dinner roll and leche flan. Lantaka Hotel will answer with their callos, lumpiang bangus, satti, cream puff and mango mousse.

Chinito’s D‘ Gathering Place is ready with their Pasta in olive oil, roast beef, sinigang, chicken relleno and durian cake while Country Chicken is serving their dish ensemble dubbed “Cocido.”

Aside from the mentioned dishes, food aficionados will also be entertained with additional gimmicks to include nightly raffle draw, where winners will receive gift certificates, cultural presentation, flair bartending, fruit carving showcase and renditions of Chavacano music.

To assure that the participating hotels and restaurants will bring out their best each evening, their booths will be judged accordingly and the winner will be awarded as the Best Dressed Booth on July 16.

The festival will run from 6pm to 10pm nightly. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO