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4-day ‘Kain Na!’ food fest goes online

Indulge in the richness of cocoa with these bars from The Chocolate Chamber. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY FROM IG/THECHOCOLATECHAMBER

The Department of Tourism’s (DoT) food and travel festival, Kain Na!, is back and ready to serve culinary tourism delights from 15 to 18 September. “The Filipinos’ love for food never wavered nor waned, even during this pandemic, but it all the more fueled our appetite and cravings. And while mass gatherings and public events are still limited, we pivot our Kain Na! initiatives to the digital platform,”

After 12 successful editions in the past two years, Kain Na! 2020, The Blended Edition continues to create awareness and interest in food and farm tourism. The four-day virtual event will feature food tourism exchanges, an online selling platform, digital business training and e-learning modules.

“The eating, food demos and culinary tourism extravaganza, trademarks of the previous editions, will continue online,” Puyat said. “Kain Na! is our invitation to enjoy and appreciate Filipino food culture. As we reboot the economy, we call upon Filipinos to ‘buy Filipino.’ This time around, we urge you to ‘eat and drink Filipino,’ too! Partake of our local cuisine, agricultural produce and food and beverage products. Every sip and every bite will help our farmers and food tourism stakeholders recover from this pandemic.”

Among the country’s food tourism destinations previously featured on Kain Na! were Bicol, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga, Laguna, Davao, Bacolod, Manila, Iloilo and Baguio.

This year’s edition will feature a thematic approach to highlight the country’s distinct Filipino food culture. This month, the spotlight is on Philippine coffee, tea and chocolate.

Munch on these delicious healthy chips from Nurture. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/NURTUREFARMACY

The Food Tourism Exchange consists of a webinar series and experiential sessions, such as virtual tours and food demos by Malagos Chocolate, Auro Chocolates, The Chocolate Chamber, El Union Coffee, Henry & Sons, Bo’s Coffee, Gourmet Farms, Nurture Farmacy, Yamang Bukid, REFMAD Dragonfruit Farm and the Oolong tea farmers of Gingoog City.

The online learning modules offer e-commerce trainings for food and farm tourism stakeholders and other MSME in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry’s CTRL+BIZ Reboot Now program with the help of enablers Google, Facebook, Zomato, Eat In, Lalafood, GrabFood, Thames International Business School, PayMaya, Gcash, QuadX PayLink, GrabPay and Union Bank.

The Food Tourism 101 presents Margarita Fores, JJ Yulo, Ivan Man Dy, and Michelle Cruz of Klook. They will share food tourism experiences from food walks, market tours, bar crawls and other inspiring food tourism experiences.

The Kain Na! Trading Post, an online shop housing partner merchants, as well as the Ayala Malls foodie pop-up,s will be launched on 15 September. Ayala Malls’ Pasyal TV will also unveil its “Philippine Coffee, Tea and Chocolate” video produced in partnership with the DoT.

In October, Food Trips will be the highlight, followed by Slow Food, Slow Travel in November and finally Christmas Cravings in December.

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