May 23, 2024

Food and wine flavors in the Cordillera will be this year’s highlight of the Mangan Taku gastronomic event to be held at the Rose Garden, Burnham Park.

The 2024 edition of the Mangan Taku (let’s eat) food festival led by the Department of Tourism Cordillera showcases recipes featuring indigenous ingredients during the observance of “Buwan ng Kalutong Pilipino” or the Filipino Food Month during April.

Food booths showcasing Cordilleran food and wine flavors will be set up at the Rose Garden during the event from April 25 to 30, 2024.

The Mangan Taku food festival is annual event that celebrates the culinary tradition of the different provinces of the Cordillera that attracts food enthusiasts all over the country. It was institutionalized in 2019 per Ordinance 81 declaring every second of April as part of the Summer Vacation activities in the Summer Capital featuring Cordilleran cuisine.

Lead implementing agency is the DOT-CAR in partnership with the city government of Baguio.

The activity is pursuant to Proclamation 469 in 2018 declaring April as Filipino Food Month to promote the appreciation, preservation and promotion of Philippine culinary traditions and treasures, ensuring transfer of knowledge to future generations, and to support the various industries, farmers, and agricultural communities.

In recent years, rice wine and watwat or a slice of boiled pork distributed as main meal in any Cordilleran feast were among the featured indigenous cuisine in the said gastronomic event. – Jessa Mardy Samidan