It’s Kumbira 2012 time again! Every year, the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) organizes a professional and student culinary competition and trade show dubbed “Kumbira.” Derived from the same Visayan word that means “feast,” Kumbira is the largest culinary event in Mindanao – so large that it actually lasts for 3 days! (this is the first reason why you should join Kumbira 2012, by the way! Don’t you think it’s exciting to be a part of an event so grand?)
This year is no different. “Kumbira 2012” will be held on August 15, 16 and 17, 2012 at the Atrium of Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City and – this brings me to the second reason why you should join Kumbira 2012 in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines – Kumbira 2012, which is now on its 16th year, has, according to the organizers, taken a fresh concept that aims to promote fun during the 3-day affair and to strengthen the educational aspect of the show. The theme says it all: “Eats More Fun In Kumbira 2012″!
According to the folks behind COHARA, this new concept of Kumbira will feature the following:
KUMBIRA ACTION! – Interactive booth allowing visitors to listen to a short demo and do hands-on activities; Booth will feature: a) Fruit & Vegetable Carving & Knife Skills; b) Cake Decorating c) Coffee Barista;
KUMBIRA SHOWCASE – a professional culinary display of various gourmet dishes prepared by member- establishments as mentored by renowned chef-judges;
WINNING IS FUN! – Culinary live competitions – professional and student categories;
LEARNING IS MORE FUN – Seminars on Food, Beverage, and Hospitality;
KUMBIRA EATS – food selling featuring specialties of different member-establishments;
HELPING IS FUN! – A COHARA & FRIENDS Corner featuring display of various Kumbira souvenir items, wares and items from hotels and restaurants that will be displayed for silent auction. All proceeds will be for livelihood projects of Typhoon Sendong relocation communities;
KUMBIRA MOMENTS – a photo competition (I actually want to join this!)
As if those aren’t enough reasons for you to check out Kumbira 2012, here are two more: Kumbira 2012 will feature the MINDANAO CHEF WARS and Kumbira 2012 will be held just a few days before Kagay-an Festival 2012
The Mindanao Chef Wars will serve as the regional elimination event for the upcoming National Food Showdown 2012. Seriously, you would not want to miss that!
And of course the 2012 Kagay-an Festival, which is celebrated in honor of patron Saint Augustine, is one of the most awaited events in Cagayan de Oro. Kumbira 2012 is actually one of the core events for the Kagay-an Festival 2012. Another core event is the Miss Kagay-an 2012 pageant. Check out the photos of the official candidates of Miss Kagay-an 2012.
So are those enough reasons for you to visit Cagayan de Oro City and join Kumbira 2012?
Check out the official COHARA website for more details and even downloadable registration forms.
See you in CDO!