PHILIPPINE HARVEST is a partnership between the Department of Agriculture and SSI Group, Inc. that celebrates the richness of Filipino-made products. Over the course of weekend, more than twenty exhibitors made available hundreds of uniquely made food items, heirloom vegetables, grain varieties, spirits, wines, and all-natural cosmetics that utilize the abundance of the Philippines’ natural resources.
Here are our favorite exhibitors during the last show…
5th Avenue cor. 30th St., Bonifacio High Street Central, BGC Taguig
11am-10pm, Sunday – Thursday
11am-11pm, Friday – Saturday
Telephone: +63 958 5660
The exhibit occupied the first two floors of Central Square, BGC. We were really glad to know that many of the exhibitors were either home-based or up-and-coming companies.
Contact information is provided below should you find something that interests you!
Jalee’s Farms produces guilt-free, organic Mushroom Chicharron that goes great with spiced vinegar.
We got a chance to taste free samples of their Garlic, BBQ flavors, and Pickled Mushroom Acharra at the booth.
The best flavors are the Garlic, Barbecue, and Peri-Peri. The small pouches go for P150 and the large ones at P290.
If you're looking for a light, healthy, and revitalizing snack, look for Radical Organics' coconut chips as a healthy alternative to potato crisps.
These toasted chips are flavored with natural coco sugar and a dash of salt. Other great flavors they have, while not available at the booth, are Salted and Chili & Lime.
DOWN TO EARTH GRASSFED BEEF
Down to Earth’s produce and meat products are sustainably sourced from the foothills of Mt. Kitanglad.
All micro vegetables, edible flowers, and other produce are grown in the most traditional way—organic and biodynamic with a consideration for nature.
Their grass-fed, free-range livestock and crossbreeds such as the Southern Yellow Cow and Local Black Pig are native to the region. Some of their products include native chickens, Canadian style bacon, and “healthier” steak cuts.
DOWN TO EARTH
Makati Curb Holdings, No. 7433 Ground Floor, Unit J, Yakal St., San Antonio Village Makati City
The Salcedo Market: Jaime Velasquez Park, Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village Every Saturday: 7:00-2:00PM
Mara's Organic Market (Legaspi Park): Legaspi Park, corner Rufino St., Makati Every Sunday: 7:00-2:00PM
Telephone: +63 02 814 0854
Mobile: +63 917 673 1947
Bios Dynamis offers some of the healthiest black, brown, and red rice varieties from South Cotobato.
This rice is grown bio dynamically, a certain animistic and spiritual approach to farming developed by Rudolph Steiner in the 1920's. This philosophy aims to “create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself.”
The red and black rice are considered one of the best superfoods around. Black rice contains an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which causes the purple pigment in certain grapes or berries. Anthocyanins are said to promote cell growth.
Metro Manila Office at #73, Road 2, Project 6, Quezon City
Shopwise Supermarkets (Araneta, Libis, Sucat, Alabang) | Selected SM Hypermarkets | Rustan’s (Shangrila Hall, Powerplant Mall, Gateway, Makati)
Telephone: +632 224 4150
Mobile: +63 918 803 8926
MAMA SITA’S PREMIUM VINEGARS & FOOD (lower & upper floor)
On the ground floor and upper floor we found artisanal vinegars by Mama Sita’s. The product that intrigued us most was the Cashew Vinegar (P200), which tasted a little like a less acidic Balsamic Vinegar.
On the upper floor was another Mama Sita’s booth where they sold their fiery Labuyo Pepper Sauce, Pork BBQ Marinade (with BBQ samples), and refreshing Santol Sherbet with a cone made with Job’s Tears (Adlai).
For a new way to enjoy santol sherbet, we added a dash of hot pepper sauce. The sour notes of the bird’s eye chili worked surprisingly well with the natural flavors of the santol.
Coco Natura’s pure coco sugar is made from sap that is then processed like regular sugar, but minus the high glycemic index.
Regular sugar has a glycemic index of 100, while coco sugar is 35—making this ideal for diabetics.Other products they have are coco syrup and jam.
Unit 2102C East Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig, Philippines
Telephone: +632 470 8098
MILKA KREM / PCC DAIRY
PCC Dairy (Philippine Carabao Center Dairy) produces are variety of tasty cheeses from the healthy goodness of Carabao’s milk. This DOA affiliated company began in Nueva Ecija and aims to establish the humble water buffalo as a sustainable source of meat and dairy.
Out of all their cheeses, our favorites were the classic Kesong Puti and Mozzarella de Buffala.
Don’t forget to try out their Milka Krem carabao’s milk fresh from Nueva Ecija.
The award-winning, single origin Malagos Chocolate is produced in the bountiful foothills of Mt. Talomo, Davao.
We highly recommend their wonderfully balanced 65% Dark Chocolate. Here are their retail stores.
Colbella Arcade 910 Pasay Road Makati City
Telephone: +63 2843 5303
THEO & PHILO
We fell in love with Theo & Philo’s artisanal chocolates. Our favorites are the Dark Chocolate Siling Labuyo and the Chocolate Adobo!
These chocolates with charming packaging are produced and looked after by people rather machines—adding an extra level of love and care for each product.
See their list of retail stores here.
THEO & PHILO
#36 S. Veloso Street, 1100 San Juan City
Telephone: +63 2631 1362
Mobile: +63 920 431 5650
Chili Asylum is a home-based source of fiery salsas and chutneys. Current bestsellers are the cilantro chimichurri and mango chutney.
MILEA BEE FARMS
Milea Bee Farms brings to us naturally processed honey from European and Stingless bees. Honey is known for its soothing and detoxifying properties.
Their cosmetics and wellness products include a variety of soothing balms, throat sprays, soaps, and more!
PHILIPPINE CRAFT SPIRITS
Enjoy a variety of Philippine-made spirits and wines produced with age-old techniques using a variety of local fruits. The product price range is around P300 to P1,500.
The distillery has even developed recipes using the available wine and spirits.
DESTILERIA LIMTUACO & CO., INC.
147 Kaingin Road, Balintawak, Quezon City, Philippines 1106
Telephone: +632 361 4342 | +632 361 8425 | +632 361 8423
Facebook: Destileria Limtuaco Co Inc
Lovers of dessert wines will take delight in Demetrio’s fruity concoctions.
The bestsellers are the Mangosteen Wine and Coffee Liquor. Other available flavors are blueberry, rambutan, lanzones, and more. You may visit their showroom available at Market-Market Mall.
NIPA FOODS / NIPA BREW
Aside from their really great nut butters, chili oils, and trail mix, Nipa Food sells some really great craft beers and wines.
These delightful wines make for good gifts.
NIPA FOODS / NIPA BREW
9635 Kamagong Street Makati City Philippines
Mobile: +63 927 393 6968
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Instagram: @nipafoods | @nipabrew
Pedro’s currently available craft beers are the Wheat Ale, English Ale, and Pale Ale. The wheat ale tastes light and goes well with chicken; the English Ale has a toasty aftertaste and pairs with roasts, while the Pale Ale goes best with greasy foods.
69 B, A. Mabini street, Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro City, Laguna, Philippines
Telephone: +632 274 8537
Mobile: +63 925 301 5680
Primal is an all natural pre-workout drink of Turmeric, Mangosteen, Green Coffee Extract, Pineapple, Ginger, and other ingredients that not only boost your mood, but your energy levels.
Even if this drink has caffeine, there is no “after crash” effect.
Going to Philippine Harvest was an eye-opening experience that made us re-evaluate our outlook on local products and agriculture. More often than not, consumers will overlook the source of their food and what it takes to procure it. It was great to see the food items outside of the supermarket and meet the very people who lovingly produced them.
Live an Awesome Life,
Team Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: Our experience was courtesy of Central Square. We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights.
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