8 Culinary Tours To Eat Your Way Through The Philippines
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8 Culinary Tours to Eat Your Way Through the Philippines

For many, cuisine is the highlight of travel. While some choose to go sightseeing, shopping, or adventure-seeking, there are those who have great passion for local food. With 7,107 islands and 145 cities in the Philippines, not to mention the selection of great food all over the country, it can be difficult to choose. Thankfully, there are curated heritage and culinary tours that can help you taste your way through the Philippines!

Taste homegrown cuisine in the most historic settings with these 9 tasty Philippine culinary tours:

1. PAMPANGA

EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH PAMPANGA

Visit the towns that define Pampanga’s cultural heritage with Bryan Ocampo’s guided tour. Discover the culinary and historical secrets of Guagua, Mexico, Angeles and San Fernando through museum, church and factory visits, baking lessons from renowned Kapampangan chef Lillian Lising de Borromeo, and of course, hosted meals handpicked by the tour master.

You’ll have agahan (breakfast) in Guagua, tanghalian (lunch) in Mexico and early hapunan (dinner) in San Fernando. Excited to know what’s on the menu? See it here.

You’ll also be visiting home-style factories where they sell an array of sweets such as the turrones de casuy and plantanillas which make good pasalubongs.

Your Tour Guide

Bryan Ocampo - An accredited tourist guide of the Department of Tourism, he received the best training from the London Blue Badge instructors and learned from the leading figures in Philippine architecture, art, heritage, dance, history, and literature.

Tour Details

Price per person: P2,900 (min 8 guests, max 10 for exclusive tours)

Starting point: Meet up at 7:00 am from your designated pick-up point in Metro Manila and ends when we arrive in Metro Manila before 9:00 pm.

Inclusive of: Trip to Guagua, Sta. Rita, Mexico, Magalang, Angeles City, San Fernando. Three hosted meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Menu and detailed itinerary will be provided on confirmation. Tour lasts 8 hours.

E-mail: bryan.ocampo@gmail(dot)com

Facebook: www.facebook(dot)com/BryanOcampoTourGuide

2. BINONDO

BIG BINONDO FOOD WOK!

If you absolutely love Chinese food, or want to see more of old Manila, this is the food tour for you. Ivan Man Dy will lead the group as you eat your way around the most intimate alleys of Binondo, take in Tsinoy history, try signature Chinatown treats and buy delicacies to bring home.

Get a sampling of some regional Chinese food (Cantonese / Xinjiang / Fujian) and make your way around Binondo’s staple restaurants and shops like Quik Snack, President’s Tea House and Eng Bee Tin.

Your Tour Guide

Ivan Man Dy - The brains and feet behind Old Manila Walks, which he established in 2005. Before this, he was an active museum guide as well as a staunch heritage preservation activist.

Tour Details

Price per person: P1,350 (min of 20 guests for exclusive tours)

Starting point: Meet up is at the lobby inside Binondo Church. Please make an inquiry for the tour dates and schedules.

Inclusive of: Trip to Plaza Calderon dela Barca, Basilica de San Lorenzo Ruiz, Ongpin Street, Traditional Chinatown shops and restaurants, Carvajal Alley Market. Tour is 3.5-hours long.

E-mail: fun@oldmanilawalks(dot)com

Facebook: www.facebook(dot)com/Old-Manila-Walks

3. ILOCOS

ILOCANDIA FOOD & HERITAGE TOUR

Get immersed in Ilocos’ decadent culture, heritage and history on this 3-day tour. Led by Osep Reyes, you will start by exploring the South – known for the renowned city of Vigan and its nostalgic Calle Crisologo. Then you proceed to the Northern end, exploring the active city of Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

All these while driving hunger away with piping hot miki noodles and sinuglaw, bagnet, Ilocos empanada, and other famous Ilocano delicacies.

Your Tour Guide

Osep Reyes - One of the founders of tour group Culture Shock PH, he is always either trekking, exploring old towns, running up ancient belfries or dancing along in fiestas.

Tour Details

Price per person: P7,800

Starting point: Itineraries may vary, but all trips start in Manila at 6:00AM in McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas.

Inclusive of: Round trip transpo via chartered van, hotel accommodations, 2 breakfasts, food tasting, pottery demonstration, entrance and donation fees, personalized ID, Culture Shock PH guide. The tour is 3D/2N long.

E-mail: cultureshockph@gmail(dot)com

Facebook: www.facebook(dot)com/CultureShockPH

4. SAGADA

SAGADA COFFEE ECO-TOUR

Love coffee, nature and adventure? This is the food tour for you. Go spelunking in Sumaguing Cave, scream to your heart’s content at Echo Valley, see the stories Sagada Hanging Coffins, and view the sunrise at Kiltepan Valley.

Of course the trip won’t be complete without trekking the Coffee Trail. Here you’ll be taught the coffee harvesting process and get to try their famous Civet Coffee.

Your Tour Guide

Osep Reyes - One of the founders of tour group Culture Shock PH, he is always either trekking, exploring old towns, running up ancient belfries or dancing along in fiestas.

Tour Details

Price per person: P6,100

Starting point: Itineraries may vary, but all trips start in Manila at 9:30 PM at Ohayami bus terminal, Sampaloc, Manila.

Inclusive of: Transportation (Public bus to Banaue; chartered jeepney around Banaue and Sagada), hotel accommodations (dorm rooms for sharing), daily lunch, civet coffee tasting, travel insurance, tour guide fees, environmental fees, entrance fees & other miscellaneous fees. Tour is 3D/2N long.

E-mail: cultureshockph@gmail(dot)com

Facebook: www.facebook(dot)com/CultureShockPH

5. CEBU

CEBU FOOD CRAWL

Do you love food, travel and love writing about it? Register now for this once-a-year event. Due to the massive success of Cebu Food Crawl in 2015, they’ll be at it again from August 26-29, 2016. Cebu Food Crawl is the first bloggers’ exploration of the best food and restaurants in Cebu. Selected participants will be going around the country and be served with internationally known local specialties and must-try recipes by well-loved Cebuano restaurants. The 4-day food tour will start with a welcome lunch for out-of-town participants.

They’re still whipping up the menu - checkout #CebuFoodCrawl on Instagram and Twitter to see all the food the lucky bloggers sampled last year.

Your Tour Guide

Cebu Bloggers Society - Cebu Bloggers Society is the premiere blogging organization in Cebu, driven with its mission to promote Cebu and the Cebuanos around the world with a sense of pride is proud to host and present the first ever Cebu Food Crawl.

Tour Details

Price per person: P2,000 for logistical expenses / Runs from Aug 26-29, 2016

Starting point: Meet up is on Aug 26 in Cebu City. All chosen bloggers will be given full details once their application is accepted.

Inclusive of: 4-day food tour. Airfare, accommodations, and other incidentals shall be shouldered by out-of-town participants.

E-mail: raterinchief@gmail(dot)com

Facebook: www.facebook(dot)com/CebuFoodCrawl

6. NEGROS

ORGANIC FARM TOUR

With the proliferation of organic and probiotic farms in Negros, it’s now known at the Organic Food Bowl of the Philippines. Through this tour, you can take in the sights, the fresh air, and sample farm-to-table cuisine at the best organic farms Negros has to offer -- Penalosa Farms, May’s Organic Farm, and Rapha Valley Farm.

The tour also includes organic-living lectures, silk making, and mulberry picking.

Your Tour Guide An accredited DOT Tour guide will accompany you through the farms.

Tour Details

Price per person: P1,050

Starting point: Meet up is on Aug 26 in Cebu City. All chosen bloggers will be given full details once their application is accepted.

Inclusive of: Aircon vehicle throughout the tour, DOT-accredited tour guide, entrance fees to all places indicated. Tour is 4-hours long.

E-mail: tourism_negocc@yahoo(dot)com

Facebook: https://www.facebook(dot)com/negrosoccidentaltourismcenter

7. DAVAO

MEL’S DAVAO FOOD TOUR

Want to know more about Davao beyond its attractions and sights? Check out Davao’s different neighborhoods and try street food, market food, fruit stall food and restaurant food, all within the city center!

The tour has 6 stops chosen to give an insider's peek of food eaten by locals and prepared in a distinctly Davao way – that is, with hardly any spices and techniques. The secret is to bring out the fresh, clean taste of Davao's famous produce including pomelos and durian. Other favorites in this tour are the Tuna Pakfry, kinilaw at Luz Kinilaw, adobong puso ng saging and the cheese at Malagos Farm.

Your Tour Guide

Mel Pangan - Mel is the owner of hotel Bahay ni Tuding and founded this pioneer food tour of Davao.

Tour Details

Price per person: P2,250

Starting point: Meet up is in Davao City downtown. Please inquire for the full itinerary.

Inclusive of: Transportation within Davao City, Breakfast and Lunch. Tour is 5-6 hours long.

E-mail: melsdavaofoodtour@yahoo(dot)com(dot)ph

Facebook: www.facebook(dot)com/melsdavaofoodtour

8. NATIONWIDE

A TASTE OF THE PHILIPPINES

Can’t decide which region you want to visit? Then try them all with this nationwide culinary tour. Hosted by UK culinary tour company Trip Feast, it includes eight days of eating your way throughout Philippine cities and provinces including Laguna, San Pablo, Vigan, Ilocos Norte, Manila and Pagudpud. The tour very much centers on food, but bits of history, culture and tradition are discussed as well.

Even if you’ve been brought up in the Philippines, the eight-day excursion promises a fresh take on Filipino dishes: adobo with a glass of tuba, or coconut wine; palasang pinoy (sweet and spicy crab) or seafood kare-kare (crabs, mussels and shrimps in thick peanut gravy). Want something sweet? The crunchy puto seco (Filipino cookie) may just become your new favourite treat. There’s pulutan (finger food) too, for those who like to drink!

Your Tour Guide - The tour masters will be one of the two UK-based founders, Rahul and Dave, assisted by local tour guides.

Tour Details

Price per person: P67,490 / Runs from Nov 12-29, 2016

Starting Point: Delegates are checked-in at a hotel and given their orientation on the first night. Please make an inquiry for full details or see the itinerary here.

Inclusive of: Internal flights, accommodation, tour bus, most meals (meal plan will be included in the itinerary), sightseeing with local guides, Climate Care contribution

E-mail: info@tripfeast(dot)com

For bookings, please contact the Tour Operators or click on the links above.

Main Photo by EladeManu / CC BY


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