This year’s Negros Trade Fair is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with Negrense food—there’s certainly more to this region’s cuisine than just chicken inasal and piaya (flat unleavened bread filled with muscovado sugar).
Hala-an Curried Guinamos sa Gata by Chef JP Anglo served during the media launch of the 32nd Negros Trade Fair.
Ading’s Gourmet Tuyo
Ensaymada from Felicia’s
Piaya and other delicacies from Virgie’s
This year’s Negros Trade Fair will be held at the Glorietta Activity Center from September 27 to October 1, 2017. This year’s theme is “Food for Thought” and the trade fair will feature various booths where guests can savor, experience, and taste the authentic flavors of Negros Island. Unlike previous years, food booths will occupy most of the space and will highlight the different textures, flavors, and nuances of Negrense food.
Diningware from Golden Arts and Furnishings
Kitchen and dining essentials from My Domesticity
Over 70 booths will highlight food products, delicacies, and accessories made by artisans and social enterprises based in the Negros region. What started as an answer to the sugar crisis in the 1980s, the Negros Trade Fair was meant to help families who lost their farms when sugar prices dropped in the ‘80s. Fifteen Negrense women — housewives of hacienderos—learned how to make handicrafts and sell food products. Some of the exhibitors over the years have become successful exporters.
Held annually since 1985, the trade fair is now on its 32nd year and is the country’s longest-running trade fair.
The 32nd Negros Trade Fair runs from September 27 to October 1 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Glorietta 3, Ayala Malls, Makati.