By Teofilo P. Garcia
The first-ever Festival de Comidas y Alegria drew a crowd of food aficionados Friday night, turning Plaza del Pilar into a fiesta mode with live music and variety of foods to choose from.
The opening program started off with a heart-pumping drum and lyre exhibition from Tumaga Central School, followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor Celso Lobregat and Department of Tourism (DOT) acting regional director Mary June Bugante.
The city government and DOT were partner-organizers of the event that brought together seven notable hotels and restaurants in this city offering seven variants of three-course dishes only at P100.
Lobregat thanked the participating hotels and restaurants for their support to the food festival.
Each participant had its own booth where they served their palatable cuisines with a combined motif of local, Spanish, American, Chinese and Japanese dishes.