7 Food Festivals In The Philippines You Should Know About
What a delicious way to celebrate!
If there's anyone who loves to eat, it's Filipinos. And what better way to enjoy food than to celebrate with a festival? We've gathered some tasty fiestas around the archipelago to help you plan your trips, in case you're looking to experience these food festivals right where they happen.
1 Longganisa Festival
- Where: Vigan, Ilocos Sur
- When: January¬†
The heritage city of Vigan celebrates its fiesta during the 25th of January, and within its fiesta days, a longganisa festival is celebrated, too. The Vigan longganisa is a local sausage characterized by the unique combination of spicy meat, sugarcane vinegar, and lots of garlic.
2 Suman Festival
- Where: Baler, Aurora
- When: February
For fans of the humble kakanin, you must head to Baler for the Suman Festival on February 19. There's usually a parade featuring elaborate floats, exhibits, fairs, and even competitions. You'll find houses decorated with the sticky rice cake during this time. Antipolo also has a similar event in May.
3 Kesong Puti Festival
- Where: Sta. Cruz, Laguna
- When: May
A favorite pandesal palaman, kesong puti¬†is made from carabao's milk. It's the trade product of Sta. Cruz in Laguna, where people flock to buy boxes and boxes of the soft, white cheese not just during the fiesta but all year-round. The 6-day festival happens in May when they have bike races, pageants, quiz bees, and games among the townspeople. There's also a cook off to show the many ways you can use kesong puti in your dishes.
4 Manggahan Festival
- Where: Guimaras, Western Visayas
- When: May
The Philippines is famous for our mangoes, and where better to enjoy this succulent fruit than at the Manggahan Festival in Guimaras. The province 15 minutes away by boat from Iloilo is known for producing some of the sweetest, most luscious mangoes in the country. The month-long celebration happens in May with cultural shows, eat-all-you-can mangoes (yes!), and trade fair of mango products you can take home with you.
5 Lanzones Festival
- Where: Camiguin, Northern Mindanao
- When: October
It was the 40th anniversary of the Lanzones Festival last year. The event celebrates the bountiful harvest of one of the island's main produce, the lanzones. There's usually a street party with locals dressed in traditional Higaonon threads accentuated with lanzones details. The dancers are accompanied with the Diwata, who is believed to give the fruits its sweet taste.
6 Balut Festival
- Where: Pateros, Taguig
- When: April¬†
Always considered a must for tourists and balikbayans, the balut-fertilized duck egg-is probably one of the most famous Filipino delicacies known around the world. And you can find some of the best ones in Pateros, where they have a festival called Balut sa Puti to celebrate it. There are cooking contests between the barangays' top chefs, a balut eating contest, and performances by students.
7 Lechon Festival
- Where: Balayan, Batangas
- When: June
Another famous Pinoy dish is the star of every buffet table: lechon. And in Balayan, Batangas, there's an entire festival celebrated in praise of the roast pig. Coinciding with the feast of St. John the Baptist, the lechon festival happens on June 24. The pigs that are placed on a spit are roasted and baked until they get that crispy balat. It usually takes around 5 hours before the lechon is then brought to the Church where a mass is celebrate to honor St. John. A parade follows where bystanders are drenched in water and culminates in a hearty feast featuring the delicious lechon. Quezon City also celebrates their own lechon festival in La Loma during May while Cebu also celebrates a similar festival in August.