ILOCOS NORTE COMES TO SALCEDO MARKET
The Salcedo Community Market and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte will host an Ilocos food and crafts fair on Saturday, 15 December 2007, showcasing the finest fresh produce, specialty food items and indigenous crafts from the Ilocos region.
Entitled â€œPanaggapas: The Ilocano Harvest,â€ the day-long event is organized by the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office in cooperation with the Museo Ilocos Norte, the Gameng Foundation.
The festival is the first time the Salcedo Community Market â€“
Specialty items on sale will include popular products such as Ilocos garlic, shallots, cornick, linga (sesame seeds), miki and tupig, sugarcane wine (basi) and sugarcane vinegar (sukang Iloko) â€“ all of which will be on sale from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Other items on sale will also include Ilocano delicacies such as bagnet, empanada and longganiza. Among the non-food items are woven textiles and cotton fabric, as well as dried tobacco leaves â€“ a traditional household insect-repellant and garden pesticide.
Newly-elected Governor Michael M. Keon describes the special event as “a showcase of Ilocano talent, creativity, and industry,” while Congressman Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. (2nd District) invites everyone â€œwho appreciates good, honest food, and hand-made quality productsâ€ to the fair.
â€œPanaggapasâ€ or â€œharvest season,â€ in the local language â€“ is the traditional highlight of the year’s efforts, when the hardworking farmers give thanks for the blessings they have received and rest after another year of work.
Salcedoâ€™s â€œPanaggapasâ€ Festival will also include a cooking demonstration of traditional Ilocos food by authentic cooks brought in specially for the event, as well as representatives from the provinceâ€™s hotels and resorts.
Also on sale at the event are traditional Abel Iloko â€“ or woven cotton fabrics â€“ as blankets, runners and napkins. Included among the regional crafts are handcrafted baskets and mats that are renowned for their tight, intricate weaves.
â€œThe Ilocos harvest festival not only showcases the produce of one of the countryâ€™s oldest regions, but also highlights the Salcedo Marketâ€™s commitment to promote the
The Women of Bel-Air Foundation, Inc. will take over the operations of the market beginning January 2008 and has promised to upgrade services at
[ Photo by Manny Marcelo courtesy of Ilocos Norte Provincial Tourism Office. ]