KAIN NA!, the highly anticipated food and travel festival organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT), is going online. And while we’ll miss the smells and flavors of a live event, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat sees the bright side of going virtual: “We are actually expanding our platform and will now be able to reach out to an even wider audience online,” she said, as quoted in a DoT post.
KAIN NA!, which runs from September 15 to 18, shines the spotlight this year on our local chocolate, coffee and tea. Online symposia with some of the country’s most prominent chocolatiers, coffee entrepreneurs and tea experts will be live streamed by the DoT, Ayala Malls and WOFEX University. There will also be a market tour by Margarita Fores, an insider’s guide to foodie hotspots by JJ Yulo and learning modules that are meant to aid micro, small and medium enterprises. You can find the full schedule on the DoT Facebook page.
Sec. Puyat also said that she has been inspired by how communities have gravitated towards food during the pandemic — from posting quarantine cooking videos to donating meals to supporting farmers. KAIN NA! gives Filipinos another place to support entrepreneurs with the KAIN NA! Trading Post, an online store featuring Filipino products, which will go live for one month. They also have a tie-up with Grab, where a KAIN NA! tile will be available on the home page of the Grab app.