Dia’s Food fest draws big crowd PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 February 2012 14:59

The Zamboanga Food Festival 2012 was successfully concluded last light, closing another revelry-filled episode of culinary fair combined with live entertainment.

Tagged as one of the prime highlights of the 75th Dia de Zamboanga activities, the two-night food fair created a fiesta-like mood at Plaza del Pilar, drawing hundreds of patrons who were served with 3-6 combo meals at a reasonable price of P150.

There were 7 food establishments that participated in the said affair which was organized by the City Government of Zamboanga.

Alavar Seafood Haus served their signature crabs with Alavar sauce, shrimp and pomelo salad, cream dory a la pobre, baked clams, green mango with bagoong gata and dulce saging.

Tropics Fine Cuisine dished out their crujiente camaron, espagueti cocidos, pollo estragon and gulaman y leche while Kape Zambo showcased their buffalo chicken, calamares, chopsuey, organic vegetables salad, beef shanghai and fresh lumpia.

Rekados Restaurant also answered with their localized and unique culinary taste. They served Guwian Express, Adobo Pasta, Pork Sisig and slections of crepes for desserts while Chinito’s D’ Gathering Place settled with their Pork hamonado, sauted alugbati, sinigang fish fillet, Rabo de toro Estofado and Buko pandan.

Aside from the P150-combo meals offered by the mentioned food establishments, two participating stalls served short orders and sweet delicacies for pasalubong. They were Mai Chai Siomai and Collete’s Buko Pie and Pasalubong also known as Dulce Recuerdos de Zamboanga.

Mai Chai served pork siomai, Japanese siomai, sharks’ fin siomai and a selection of rice meals while the Collete’s was thronged for their popular Buko pie that goes with four different flavors: langka, pandan, pineapple and supreme.

They also served cassava bibingka, puto-pao and other specialties from Cebu, Bohol, Bicol, Baguio, Bacolod, Laguna, Viñan and Ilocos.

Aside from the mouthwatering dishes and delicacies, the mood of the evening was further ignited by the classic and mix Spanish renditions from the Revival Band.

The simple opening program was initiated by the performances of Zamboanga City High School Drum and Lyre Corps together with selected street dancers.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with his nephew and the Honorary Consul of Spain in Zamboanga Ramon Balaguer led the ribbon-cutting ceremony. They were also joined by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Department of Tourism 9 Regional Director Maryjune Bugante, Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Rogelio Valesco, Jr., Benjamin Guingona III, Percival Ramos, Rudy Lim,  and Vincent Paul Elago. — Richard Aliangan