Don't Miss This: All Your Bacolod Faves Will Be In Metro Manila For Six Days
Negros Trade Fair is finally back in Metro Manila (physically!), the first time since the pandemic and lockdown happened in early 2020. It's scheduled this coming September 20-25, 2022 (Tuesday to Sunday) at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City.
This year's fair is named Hidlaw, meaning "to yearn" and "to long" for in Ilonggo, and, befittingly, there was certainly a lot to yearn and to long for during the two years of not having the Negros Trade Fair in Metro Manila. One of which is, of course, all the delicious Negrense food.
Good news: The Negros Trade Fair is back in Metro Manila this year!
The Negros Trade Fair will have a total of 57 booths, 16 of which are for food. You can expect the OGs of Bacolod to partake in Hidlaw, like El Ideal Bakery and their guapple pie (the only one in Bacolod!) and chunky buko pie, Virgie's Homemade Products for their sugar-glazed napoleones, and Margie's Cakes and Pastries for their sweet Hopia Sibuyas.
You also have Quan Delicacies which offers one of the best soft and moist puto in Bacolod, plus their Crispy Piaya which is a thinner, almost-biscuit-like version of the famous Negrense delicacy. Of course, Felicia's will be present at the fair, and they will be offering their famous soft and buttery ensaymadas, too.
As Bacolod is hailed as the "Sugarbowl of the Philippines," it only makes perfect sense that Altertrade Philippines, Inc is also present at the Negros Trade Fair. Best to buy their Mascobado (muscovado) which is available in sachets, bags, and bottles. These, if we're completely being honest, are some of the best sweeteners for coffee.
But don't stop there; Hidlaw and its hardworking, creative, resilient community are bringing more proudly-Negrense delicacies you can discover, conveniently all in one place, so you don't have to fly all the way to Bacolod when budget and time are constrained.
Here are other food items we recommend buying at Negros Trade Fair 2022: Hidlaw
Fresh Start Organic, Inc. is pioneering the slow food movement in the province of Bacolod. If anything, we highly recommend buying a bag of their Mt. Kanlaon coffee beans (P525/pack). This is a medium-dark blend of handpicked Arabica and Robusta, grown at the foot of Mt. Kanlaon. It brews an aromatic, bittersweet, full-bodied cup of joe that's perfect with their soft Artisan Piaya that's filled with Muscovado (P25/piece, P250/pack of 10).
At the same booth of Fresh Start Organic, you will find freshly-made Choriaya (chorizo piaya). This is made in collaboration between Fresh Start Organic, Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizo de Bacolod (for the chorizo), and Casa del Formaggio (for the cheddar). The Choriaya is different from the usual muscovado-filled piaya you can find in Bacolod as it's stuffed with savory chorizo and melted cheese. While it's served and good on its own, we can imagine it being dipped in sinamak too!
You may have already tried the chorizo of Ereñeta-Manaloto and the cheese from Casa del Formaggio from the previous Negros Trade Fairs, but it's during Hidlaw that they are first launching this Choriaya collaboration to the public. Both Negrense brands will also have separate booths at the Negros Trade Fair where you can buy their chorizos and cheeses (the burrata is a MUST!) for your breakfast, grazing boards, or even for gifting.
Quino's is one of the first-time exhibitors at Negros Trade Fair. While the aforementioned delicacies should be enough of a lure to make you go to the fair, this bakeshop in Bacolod has a famous Chocolate Cake and Puffyani you should not miss out on. The Puffyani are the softest doughnut hole-meets-cupcake filled with a luscious custard in the center which is then topped with a Kisses-shaped chocolate frosting. While it may look sweet based on its appearance, it actually has the right amount of sweetness to it that isn't cloying and overwhelming to the point of umay.
Bacolod's Casa Carmela has bottled goods you'll want to take home for yourself or for very-early Christmas gifting. We recommend the bottled Bangus Belly which has the best part of the milkfish bottled with oil. It's delicious when served with hot white rice, but you can also have it with your pasta or crackers. Other Casa Carmela items you'll find at Negros Trade Fair are the Guilt-Free Chorizo which uses lean pork, Spicy Tuyo in Olive Oil, Sexy Squid Hot and Naked (spicy squid), and the Crazy Rich Crabs (crab meat with talangka).
Bacolod's businesses, be it in food, fashion, accessories, and furniture, you can find at the upcoming Negros Trade Fair, at the Glorietta Activity Center this September 20-25, 2022. Make sure to have a big enough bag to fit all your proudly local purchases because rest assured, you will want to take home more than just one product home.
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