BASCO, Batanes (PIA) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) region 2, in partnership with the Provincial Tourism Office here, launched the Food Tourism Project entitled Kulinarya: Farm, Food, Fun Festival in Batanes on November 26, 2022 at the Department of Education Schools Division Office grounds in Basco.
The Kulinarya Festival which gathered DOT-accredited tour operators, food business owners, hotel owners, Indigenous People Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs), as well as government workers, was staged to highlight the province' culinary potentials, farm activities and produce.
In his welcome message, Vice Governor Ignacio Villa thanked DOT Region 2 team for sponsoring the workshop that eventually led to the launching of the Kulinarya Festival and the participants for their outputs, cooking skills and ivatan inspired recipes.
During the festival an alfresco dining offering a full course Ivatan meal was prepared by the twenty-eight (28) participants of the two-day kulinarya workshop and product development conducted by DOT.
In her speech, DOT Region 2 Director Fanibeth Domingo said that the project aims to revive and help safeguard indigenous food while boosting the local economy, to promote climate resilient agriculture and to generate more income for local farm owners.
The director also said that once the new project will be launched, she envisioned that Local Chief Executives and Legislators in the province will see the importance of encouraging the practice as a result of serving local food to promote climate resiliency of the Ivatans.
It will also encourage cultivation of farm and will offer additional tourism activity in the future. (OTB/CEB/PIA Batanes)