Department Of Tourism KAIN NA! Makes A Comeback In Tagaytay!

The Department of Tourism (DOT), in collaboration with Ayala Malls, hosted another hybrid staging of the KAIN NA! Food and Travel Festival from December 9 to 12, 2021 at the Ayala Serin Mall in Tagaytay City, Cavite, as part of its ongoing attempts to reinvigorate the country’s local food tourism scene.

The theme of this issue of KAIN NA! is “Traveling Flavors,” a nod to the Philippines’ quincentennial celebrations, especially the Galleon Trade, which facilitated the meeting and melding of eastern and western flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques that have left an indelible mark on the Filipino culinary landscape.

“Through the palates and ingenuity of the Filipino diaspora, they have brought our unique flavor profiles, regional cuisines, and ingredients in a multiplicity of innovative and exciting ways,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.

DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat in her opening message lauded the rise of Filipino cuisine through the palates and creativity of the Filipino diaspora.

“While inbound tourism is currently restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing discussions on Filipino flavors and food tourism experiences remain among the best ways to keep the Philippines in the hearts and minds of tourists and travelers, whom we will welcome with a burst of fun flavors once the situation permits,” Puyat added.

For the event, 11 actual booths were set up, each advertising a different product or service offered by food and farm tourism partners across the country.

The following exhibitors were present at this year’s KAIN NA:

  • From the National Capital Region (NCR), the Muntinlupa City Women Producers Cooperative and My Little Oven By Simplicity;
  • Ilocos Sur Provincial Government (Region 1)
  • From Region III, Duran Farm and Myriad Farm;
  • Region 4A’s Farmshare Agritourism Park and Uma Verde Econature Farm Inc.
  • Merls Native Delicacies and Caramay Coffee Planters from Region 4B;
  • Mediodia’s Delicacies and Nanay Patring Recipe from Region 6; Asia Pacific Aqua Marine, Inc. from Region 6; Mediodia’s Delicacies and Nanay Patring Recipe from Region 6; Mediodia’s Delicacies and Nanay Patring Recipe from
  • Region 7’s Lamac Multi-Purpose Cooperative;
  • Region 9’s Jane’s Food Products; and
  • CARAGA’s Alameda Farm

This edition of the KAIN NA! also featured three virtual symposia on cultural influences in the food and gastronomy of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, as well as its signature food webinars, Global Prospectives, Food Tourism Exchange, and Food Tourism 101.

DOT Region IV-A OIC-Director Marites Castro, Undersecretary Myra Paz V. Abubakar, Undersecretary Woodrow C. Maquiling, Jr., Undersecretary Edwin R. Enrile, Nayong Pilipino Foundation Executive Director Gertrudes Duran-Batocabe, Tourism Officer Provincial Tourism Office of Cavite Rochelle Bawalan and Armin Arañas, Tagaytay Tourism officer Jarryd Bello, Ayala Malls General Manager Tina De Asis, and Ayala Mall Serin Marketing Manager Jeanette Gonzales graced the ceremonial ribbon cutting. 

Award-winning chefs and restaurateurs Jessica Gonzales of Bobi Filipino Food in Paris, France, and Chele Gonzalez of Gallery by Chele, the 2019 James Beard Awardee for Best Chef, were among the speakers (Mid-Atlantic) Tom Cunanan, Carlo Lamagna, chef-owner of Magna, a modern Filipino restaurant in Portland, Oregon, and Christina Sunae, chef-owner of Cocina Sunae, Sunae Asian Cantina in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as Alfie Escabarte and Carmelita Escabarte, Co-Founders of Thrilla in Manila.

KAIN NA! Members of the Food Tourism Consortium and CALABARZON stakeholders met for business-to-business talks.

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