What to look for at Negros Trade Fair

By Jeeves de Veyra

Posted at Sep 25 2014 07:21 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2014 03:21 AM

MANILA -- The 29th Negros Trade Fair kicked off at the Glorietta in Makati last Tuesday night with the theme “Smiles Beyond Borders,” at it aimed to showcase the best of the province’s food and crafts to Manileños.

Organized by the Association of Negros Producers, the annual trade fair is currently ongoing until Sunday, September 28, at the Glorietta Activity Center.

What to look for at Negros Trade Fair 1 Ilonggo treats from Sugarlandia. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

Food is an integral part of Negrense culture and there’s a whole parade of Negrense foodie finds to be had at the fair. Muscovado products from sugar to sugar sticks and sugar rocks are available, which can be enjoyed as perfect accompaniments to your morning coffee or tea.

Snacks like barquillos, rosquillos, biscocho and piaya are also available.

What to look for at Negros Trade Fair 2 Fresh Start's artisan piaya. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

In fact, piaya seemed to be the featured item of the fair with different interpretations using a range of ingredients from pesto and oregano and tumeric. For those who love this pastry, try the freshly made “artisan” Squash and Coco Sugar Piaya at the Fresh Start booth.

For cooks looking for unique ingredients for their pantries, inasal marinade, Ilonggo chorizo, sinamak and bangus belly a la pobre can also be found at the fair.

What to look for at Negros Trade Fair 3 Sweet Life products. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

The Sweet Life of Ange, a staple seller in dessert fairs in Manila, was also at the fair with its award-winning dessert Frozen Brazo de Mercedes. You can also take this opportunity to try out Sweet Life’s other non-pastry offerings like Cam Chips (cassava chips) and Clean Slate Kettle Cooked Potato Chip.

What to look for at Negros Trade Fair 4 Negros silk. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

Vibrant Negrense arts and crafts abound in the fair, such as coconut lacquered crafts, bone china décor, laser-cut mahogany table items, Negros silk to name a few. Take an early Christmas shopping trip for unique and one-of-a-kind items.

The launch event last Tuesday was catered by popular chef Margarita Fores, who created Negros favorites with unique twists. For instance, the inasal was paired with sinamak and guava chili dipping sauce, while chicken pate and caramelized onions gave an elegant zing to the humble piaya. The tasty Ilonggo chorizo was used as a nice flavoring to the sotanghon.

What to look for at Negros Trade Fair 5 Don Papa Rum cocktails. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra for ABS-CBNnews.com

Rounding all those flavors out were cocktails using Don Papa Rum, the first premium rum to be distilled in the Philippines made from sugarcane from Mt. Kanlaon.