Posted on: Wednesday October 09, 2019


CamSur Business Expo 2019 ends with a blast at FABEX
“This year’s food and beverage expo, as it continuously grows, will surely become a significant platform where many opportunities can be used for the growth of the food and beverage industry in the Bicol region,” said Michelle Tollosa-Lim, chairperson of the 3rd Food and Beverage Expo as she officially opens the last event of the CamSur Business Expo.

The Camarines Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (CSCCI), in partnership with the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur under the leadership of Governor Miguel Luis Villafuerte, held the 3rd Food and Beverage Expo (FABEX) at the Capitol Convention Center on October 3-5, 2019.

This three-day event served as an avenue to bring together small, medium, and large businesses, agricultural cooperatives, entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry, and students taking tourism and hotel and restaurant management courses. The event was held to strengthen the camaraderie of the participants and build a larger network for them as they all work towards the common goal of becoming globally competitive in the food and beverage industry.

 

Participants and competitors from different universities and local food and beverage industries showcased their amazing talents and skills during the cake decoration challenge, barista challenge, and mixology and culinary competitions which added color to the event.

The exhibitors of the event also showcased their local products, equipment, and technology on food and beverage production, handling, preservation and processing. Moreover, live cooking and cake decorating demos were among the highlights of the event. Seminars on food packaging and labeling, online food ordering, and the Barista 101 were also conducted to equip the participants with knowledge applicable for their future profession.

 

“I hope that young people will be proud of our local food. Tell the story of your region through the food that you create. Walang ibang makakapag-promote ng sariling pagkain natin kung ‘di kayo. Use social media wisely. You can use it to promote the Filipino cuisine,” shared Jam Melchor, an executive chef and founder of the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, while doing his live cooking demo and inspiring the young audience.

As head of the Slow Food Youth Network Philippines, he also empowered local farmers who currently face issues on climate change, apathy, and agricultural issues like the decline of young farmers, lack of profitability, and food waste. He also emphasized that for the “foodie generation”, “food is life,” but for our farmers, “food is their life” as they work hard and provide food on the table.

“Our farmers deserve recognition and empowerment. Yes, mag-tanim ay ‘di biro. Let us not make the agricultural sector and farmers suffer. Let us not be apathetic. Let us support local policies and recent developments for our farmers,” he also shared.

 

The CSCCI, with the support of the provincial government, will continue to hold more events that aim to improve, not only the business industry, but also the community and the Bicol Region. With the success of the six vital events, indeed, “The biggest just got better!”

Written By: Kyna De Castro

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