July 14, 2024

La Trinidad, Benguet will celebrate the 5th Highland Vegetable Week Industry on July 12 to 14 to honor farmers and other stakeholders of its vibrant vegetable industry.

With the theme, “Bountiful highland vegetable industry for economic recovery,” the event will have its opening program and thanksgiving mass on July 12 at the municipal gym.

After the program will be the judging of the best dress cart, heaviest and biggest vegetable, and vegetable carving competition.

In the vegetable carving competition, there will be one contestant per barangay or league who shall test their skill in carving highland fruit and root vegetables such as chayote, cucumber, carrot, radish, potato, squash, and sugar beets.

For the search for the biggest and heaviest vegetable, each participant must be a Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA)-registered individual. The vegetables to be judged are cabbage, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, celery, onion leeks, cauliflower, lettuce such as romain, iceberg, and green ice, cucumber, Jerkins or Japanese cucumber, sayote, tomato, squash, bell pepper, pole beans, garden pea, carrot, radish, sugar beets, and potato.

Participants will also undergo a lecture on nutritional guidelines for Filipinos and the colors of vegetables, as well as vegetable utilization demo, and the bag-all-you-can event on July 13.

The zumba dance competition will commence on July 14 along with the awarding ceremony.

The highland vegetable trade fair is set from July 12 to 15 at the municipal gym.

Department of Agriculture Consumer Affairs Asec. Kristine Evangelista will be the guest of honor.

Last year, the municipality celebrated the event featuring a giant serving of vegetable salad which consists of 500 kilos of various highland vegetables.

The event is in partnership with the League of Associations at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post, an association of the different groups operating within the trading post, which has been the central area where highland vegetables are Sdelivered from all over Benguet, Mountain Province, and parts of Ifugao. – Ofelia C. Empian