ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Oct 30 (PIA) — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Rizal, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-National Inland Fisheries Technology Center (BFAR-NIFTC) and the provincial government assembled caterers and restaurateurs here for a cooking competition highlighting the use of Pangasius or cream dory.
The conduct of the fish festival entitled “Sarap Pangga Culinary Extravaganza” was held last October 25 at Rizal Provincial Capitol Grounds, Antipolo City.
This event aimed to gather Pangasius industry players, supermarket managers and purchasing officers, fish producers, resort owners in one venue to experience the taste of Pangasius dishes using locally grown organic ingredients. New recipes on Pangasius were developed by participating caterers and restaurateurs from Antipolo, Angono, Baras, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong, Pililla, Tanay, Taytay and 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.
Among the guests of this occasion were Vice Governor Frisco San Juan, Provincial Administrator Russel Ynares, Department of Trade and Industry Director Mercedes Parreño, BFAR-NIFTC Romy Pol, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President John Barredo, Resort Owners Association President Lito Naidas, “Samahan ng mga Rizaleño sa Sektor ng Pagkain” (SARAP) President Josephine Cunanan, Rizal SIKAT Ms Jenny Ledonio and Rizal Exporters and Manufacturers Association President Estela Nuique. Present during the competition were representatives from prominent groceries and supermarkets in Rizal, restaurant owners, Pangasius project proponents from Baras, Pililla and Jalajala and program partners from the national agencies and local government units.
This affair was attended by more than 150 guests where they experienced food tasting of more than 20 Pangasius dishes prepared from filleted Pangasius.
Based on the tabulation of scores of judges on the given criteria, Michael’s Restaurant of Binangonan, Rizal is declared as the grand winner; second place is Balaw Balaw Restaurant of Angono, Rizal and third place is Bahay Kawayan of Taytay, Rizal.
During the awarding ceremonies, San Juan, together with panel of judges, handed over the trophies and cash prizes to the winners. (DTI-Rizal)