The Department of Tourism (DOT) satisfied the cravings of all food lovers, tourists, and non-tourists alike with their fourth hybrid serving of the KAIN NA! Food and Travel Festival in partnership with Ayala Malls.
Last June 9-11, the KAIN NA! with the theme "Foodie Adventures" served its signature line-up of digital food tourism talks and discussions.
Meanwhile, from June 10 to 12 (10 AM to 10 PM) at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Parañaque City, Metro Manila, there were on-ground festivities of specially-curated foodie pop-ups of regional cuisines and delicacies.
The Global PROSPECTives webinar series live streamed via the official DOT Facebook page, banners Filipino chefs and foodie personalities based overseas.
Some personalities include Chef Nicole Ponseca of Jeepney NYC in Miami, Wynwood, Chef Peachy Juban, Chef Ewald Notter of Dote Coffee in Washington, and many others.
There are also TED talks-inspired Food Tourism 101, which is accessible free online. It covers inspirational food tourism experiences from Theodore Day Salonga, Dino Datu, Gel Salonga-Datu of Teds Bed & Breakfast, Gerald Garigade, Ken Chan, Ryan Kolton of Café Claus Corp.
Meanwhile, the Food Tourism Exchange featured:
Northern Luzon, introducing the Cordilleran Culinary Food Circuit
ADAMS Inuwayan: Ilocos Norte's Trunk for Agri-Tourism Industry
Sustainable AgriTourism: Stakeholders' Responsibility & Accountability
"A glimpse of the culinary treasures of Nueva Ecija."
The National Capital Region and Southern Luzon showcased Foodie Adventures in Metro Manila and Agri-Cul-Tour: Farm-To-Table Adventure in CALABARZON. Western Visayas highlighted Negrense Heritage Cuisine and our close connection to the sugar industry, followed by Kadto 'ta! Kaon 'ta! - A Food Trip Guide to Capiz.
Mindanao then uncovered Foodie Adventures: Come, Ta! Mangan Ne! Kaon Ta! The Zamboanga City-Isabela de Basilan-Zamboanga Sibugay Food Crawl, Fusion of Filipino-Italian Flavors, and Farm to Table in the City. Curated foodie adventure tour packages designed to re-introduce destinations and drive regional spending are also available onsite during the four-day food affair.
A Foodie Townhall session on Food Tourism and business-to-business sessions with the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), Food Tourism Consortium, and regional stakeholders were also set to enhance the festival.
This year's KAIN NA! mobilized close to 40 national and regional food and travel exhibitors on the ground. Other than the traditional cuisines found in different regions of the country, new non-traditional and indigenous delicacies were featured to tickle the taste buds.
• Bagnet, empanada, and longganisa from the Ilocos Region;
• Breakfast fare and snacks such as tablea and tsokolate bars from MIMAROPA;
• Durian, jackfruit, marang, artisanal chocolate, and Mindanao fruit jams and pastries from the Davao Region.
There were also value-for-money tour packages offering food, leisure, adventure, and special interest tours to the Cagayan Valley region, Bulacan, CALABARZON, Davao, Siargao, and other popular foodie destinations.