Even as a tropical storm was threatening to hit the city, the farm goes to Bacólod City’s Provincial Capitol Grounds to present organic produce at the 6th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival. As news of the incoming storm canceled several activities in the city like Comer.cio (which is moved to Dec. 26-27, 2011) and Lights On Ceremony of the Grand Fountains at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, the Organic Farmers Festival stood on. Top Chefs and equally interested visitors braved the incoming threat just to make the event possible. This year’s festival is one of the largest so far in the history of Organic Farmers Festival. The lot behind the Capitol was turned into an organic produce market overnight while the Capitol Grounds were teeming with curious farm creatures like ducks, chickens, goats, sheep and horses that are bred organically.
For my kasimanwas who are planning to cook much for Christmas and New Year, I suggest you drop by the Organic Farmers Festival. The selections reminded me of my favorite kansi which my family traditionally cooks for the Christmas and New Year. Fresh farm vegetables like squash, eggplants, okra and bitter gourd to salad vegetables like romaine lettuce, white lettuce with some spices are available fresh and for sale. Fresh Start Organics also has a booth for those interested with their line of products from my personal favorite, Negrénse and Mt. Kanlaon Coffee Blends to food items, beauty and wellness products. Other organic products like fresh milk from La Granja in La Carlota City are also available. For those who can remember my previous blog, La Granja fresh milk is best for those who want their milk fresh and full cream especially served in the Negros Museum Café.
For those who think they missed a lot, I am pretty sure you did but there are a lot more activities in store for today and the final day tomorrow. After a daily morning exercise at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, the day will kick off for the Organic and Culinary Tours especially organized by fellow Negros Blogger Maricar Dabao of Viaje Negrénse. Good news for those who missed the talk of Dr. Albert Jo at the Negros Trade Fair for he will once again have a symposium on health and wellness with tips on healthy eating and living. Ms. Pacita Juan will also grace the day with a symposium on starting a coffee shop business which is of my personal liking while those interested with developing and marketing organic products will have a symposium with Ms. Jeannie Javelosa on Product Development and Branding Workshop. Of course, the day would not be complete without a cookfest by Chefs Ronnie Guance, Marie Gonzales and Alice Ty while culinary students will show their art for the Organic Cocktail.
On the last day, the activities will not wane down either for it will be the last hurrah of activities that will cap this year’s Negros Island Organic Festival. A well-known organic farming proponent, Mr. Ramon Peñalosa will enlighten the visitors about Diversified and Integrated Farming System for Small-Holder Group. Chefs Robby Goco, BJ Benedicto, Mari Stelle Estrella and HRANO’s Fiesta Bacólod winner will show it off for the final Organic Cookfest while a culinary students will serve the last Organic Cocktail for this year’s festival. What are you waiting for? Its the last two days of the Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival so bring your eco-bags or your curious eyes to shop for the best of Negros Island’s organic produce.
República Negrénse would like to thank and acknowledge Mr. Rommel Pasaporte for the photos.