The Big Bite! festival officially opened today at the Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga. This is much-awaited gastronomical feast in the country as it brings the best of the northern flavors.
Now on its third year, Big Bite! features one hundred concessionaires offering unique items and delicacies from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Cordillera Administrative Region in one place.
Merchants from Region I, Region II, Region III and the Cordillera Administrative Region showcases unique, local homegrown food products and food concepts such as coffee, jam, spices, condiments, and native delicacies. It’s a culinary showdown of the most mouth-watering heritage cuisines from Northern Luzon such as the Ilocos empanada, bagnet, pastillas and longganisa. And guests are treated to cooking demos and live entertainment as they take part in the festive atmosphere.
Big Bite's food market highlights three of the best-loved northern flavors in a grand sisig cookout in a “Sisig Festival”, an ode to the quintessential Kapampangan dish. This year features three popular sisig variations from Pangasinan, Ilocos as well as the traditional Kapampangan recipe. Chef Jackie dela Cruz whipped up the Ilocano version called “dinakdakan” while Chef Danilo Maramba cooked the Pangasinan version, replacing pork with bangus, a popular catch from the region. Chef Sau del Rosario prepared the traditional Kapampangan pork sisig.
Guests also get to see their favorite kitchen masters cook up a storm onstage. Pampanga Chef Gene Gonzales and Chef Sau del Rosario together with Lifestyle Network’s Chef Next Door, Chef Jonas Ng were there to share culinary expertise. Big Bite! Northern Food Festival also serves the venue for the three-day cook-off between top culinary schools from Pampanga.