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25 chefs join
organic festival

A total of 17 Manila-based top chefs and restaurateurs, including eight from Negros, are joining the 6th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival slated December 16 to 20, at the Provincial Capitol grounds at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City.

The chefs and restaurateurs will be featured in a CookFest at the Organic Restaurant and will take turns in demonstrating the preparation of their signature dishes using organic and local ingredients, a press release from organizers said.

Junior Master Chef hosts chefs Fernando Aracama and JP Anglo, both Negrenses, will start the CookFest, which is a regular activity of the annual festival.

Joining them are Ilonggo native chefs J. Gamboa, Ariel Manuel, Negrense Margarita Fores, Sau Del Rosario and Ian McKenzie.

The public, especially cooks, mothers and students, are urged to see the event to learn about the best organic and local cuisines from country’s best chefs.

Meanwhile, Aracama, Anglo, Gamboa, and Manuel are scheduled to hold a one-day tour of organic farms in Negros prior to the festival proper.

They have requested the organizers to conduct a market matching between the chefs and restaurateurs and local organic farmers and fisherfolk. The market matching shall be facilitated by the Department of Trade and Industry, the press release said.

The chefs said they are looking at Negros Island as a major source of organic products because they cannot find them by bulk or with consistent supply in Luzon for their respective restaurants in Manila.

Uy said the organic festival is an opportune time for the buyers and the consumers to meet.

It is also because this is the thrust of the Negros Occidental provincial government led by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. in line with his NEGROS FIRST Development Agenda, he said.

The five-day festival, with the theme “One Food, One Life, One Island” will also have more than 100 exhibitors from various organic groups around the country, showcasing organic, healthy, local and vegetarian food, and eco- friendly products and technology.

Members of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental will also showcase their products at the exhibit booths.

This year’s organic festival is spearheaded by the provincial government of Negros Occidental through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, the Negros Island Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Foundation, and Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association, with emphasis on the NEGROS FIRST development Agenda of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., the press release added.*

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