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Antique’s biggest food, trade fair to open this December

SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) – The biggest food and trade fair in this province is set to return in December, following two years of success despite the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fair dubbed "Fiesta Binirayan" provides a venue for food sellers, arts and crafts makers, and artists to augment their income and build rapport in the market.

In a press release, Provincial Tourism Officer Juan Carlos Perlas said that the fair has become an incubator of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) since its inception as "Capitolyo Market" in December 2020.

Carlos added that some of the former participants in the fair have already transformed from seasonal night market sellers to full-time enterprises, now with physical stores across the province.

Entrepreneurs find the Fiesta Binirayan as a lucrative way to promote their business ventures as it serves as a one-stop location for foodies, apart from offering space rent, electricity, and water consumption for free.

In a press briefing, Antique Provincial Tourism Officer Juan Carlos Perlas discusses the tourism office's plans for the Fiesta Binirayan 2022.

Governor Rhodora Cadiao insists that the slots for the fair be kept free of charge so as to give starting and even online businesses the opportunity to earn and grow.

Fifty merchants who have applied so far are competing for only 30 slots as the Antique Provincial Tourism Office (APTO) sets higher standards for food and product sellers.

Another batch of aspiring merchant participants in the upcoming food and trade fair "Fiesta Binirayan 2022" presents their food items for assessment, September 22.

The APTO has invited members of the local media and personnel of various government agencies to assess and identify the best food products for the fair.

Fair applicant Marialyn Ortiaga of Ballers Haven Resto Bar said that their participation in the previous year allowed them to earn profits much greater than their regular operations.

Meanwhile, Jude Angelo Dalumpines of ESP Bistro urged provincial government officials to allocate more seats and tables for merchants to accommodate more customers.

The "Fiesta Binirayan 2022" food and tourism fair will open at the Binirayan 

Sports Complex on December 1 and will run until the end of the Binirayan Festival on December 21.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the tourism office sees yet another success for Fiesta Binirayan and Antiqueño entrepreneurs. (AAL/BPS/PIA Antique)

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