Why hello there. I just wanted to let y’all know about this nifty festival happening around the Negros Occidental region — which I am also excited to announce that I’ll be participating in!!!
Catch me on at the 6th Negros Organic Farmers Festival on the 19th of December, Monday, as I cook a few of my favorite plant-based dishes and talk about how to make vegetables look and taste sexy, so you can look and feel sexy. Truth!
So far, fifteen chefs from Manila and Bacolod have been invited to the Organic Cookfest – of which 3 are women (and of which 2 are spreading the vegetable love). I am proud to be 1 of the 3! Women, represent! I am honored to be working alongside these lovely ladies — Alice Ty of Vegan Macrobiotics by Chef Alice Ty and Gaita Fores of Cibo. (trivia: Gaita is my idol. I hope to be able to talk to her at the cookfest.)
Seriously Manila, you got some stepping up to do. Bacolod is on its sixth organic festival, where is our first?
Hey Negrenses, I can’t wait to visit your lovely city for the first time and see your luscious produce in all their glory!
Here is the festival’s press release for your perusal. See you in Bacolod, ladies and gents!
The 6th Negros Island Organic Farmers’ Festival is slated December 16 to 20, 2011 at the Provincial Capitol with new activities and more than 100 exhibitors from various organic groups in the Negros Island and around
The five-day activity will feature various events such as the Organic Cookfest, a cooking demonstration of special organic menus by celebrity chefs, well-known restaurateurs and participants from selected culinary schools; and talks on the latest updates in organic agriculture, songwriting contest, quiz bees, and a concert.
It will also feature exhibits of organic, healthy, local and vegetarian food, and eco- friendly products and technology; talks by nationally and internationally known experts on organic food production and business and related topics; and agri-tourism health and wellness fair.
Exhibits will be displayed at the Organic na Negros! Market and event booths at Gatuslao Street and South Capitol road (fronting the Negros Forest and COA office) while symposia will be held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall.
Started in 2006, the festival is considered the first and the longest-running festival of its kind in the country. Since its inception, the festival has helped the Negros Island position itself as a major producer of organic products in the country.
The push for organic products in Negros started gaining ground in the 1990s when several non-government organizations held small exhibits of organic products at the Bacolod downtown area, however, it was only in 2005 when the provincial government of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental signed a memorandum of agreement to join hands to promote organic agriculture and make Negros Island the “Organic Food Bowl of Asia” and formally launch the 1st Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival the following year.
The annual Negros Island Organic Festival is a rare gathering of local organic farmers, producers and consumers, including chefs and restaurateurs. This year’s organic festival will be bigger in terms of participation because organizers have invited various organic groups from other regions around the country to join in the exhibits and other activities.
The event will also become bigger with the parallel activity of the Provincial Veterinary Office which is going to be held also on December 16 to 20 at the Provincial Capitol.
Both activities are in line with the food security thrust of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. The governor believes that his Food for Peace program will help improve the lives of Negrenses in the countryside.
This year’s organic festival is spearheaded by the provincial government of Negros Occidental through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, the Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (NISARD) Foundation and the Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA).
The 2011 organic festival is focused on providing more livelihood opportunities for small organic farmers as a means of alleviating poverty.