Sunday, October 5, 2014

BIG BITE! is back this 2014 in Marquee Mall, Angeles City

Food writers, photographers, and cameramen from local and national media, along with some food bloggers, capture the live cooking demonstrations of Capampangan iconic dish, the classic pork sisig of Chef Emelita W. Galang with her son Chef Edwin Galang, and the modern innovation of sisig, the gourmet tuna sisig of Chef Sau del Rosario.        

The sneak preview of the 2nd BIG BITE! was launched in the Marquee Mall of Angeles City on October 1, 2014.  This northern food festival will actually be held on October 17, 18, and 19 this year. Save the date to taste and experience the treasured local food products and witness live cooking demonstrations of famous chefs. The location map, below, will help you find the place.


The event would showcase over 100 food stalls featuring local food products from the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Ilocos, Baguio, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan,  Cagayan, and La Union.
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Culinary competitions among participants and live cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs are among the very interesting activities to watch.

 

The BIG BITE! is the annual food festival of northern Luzon. Now, on its second year, the Big Bite! will hold a three-day food festival from October 17 to 19, 2014 in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry, Angeles Tourism Office, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), and the Lifestyle Network. 

From Metro Manila area, the best and fastest way in going to the BIG BITE! is through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). You can also take the Mc Arthur Highway (National Road) alongside NLEX.
Mr. Mark Sablan, the Senior Division Manager and General Manager of Marquee Mall, formally opens the Big Bite! preview.
On the opening day (October 17) of the Big Bite!, the ABS-CBN morning TV show, Umagang kay Ganda, will cover a live remote broadcast featuring firework display and the cooking of giant sisig with celebrity chefs.  Other activities would include the marching band and street dancers, art gallery (History of Sisig and Food Art Gallery), culinary cook-offs, live cooking demonstration, big buffet (your chance to partake the giant sisig), live entertainment, and food market.

You can check here a galore of foods we found last week in the sneak preview of the second Big Bite. There are more to expect in the three-day food festival on October 17, 18, and 19, 2014.  

The highlight of 2nd BIG BITE! northern food festival is sisig, the iconic dish of Pampanga and once hailed by a review of the New York Times as "arguably the greatest pork dish on earth." The former American executive chef, Anthony Bourdain, who later became an author and television personality, also described sisig as "one of the world's best beer drinking dishes."

In the sneak preview, Chef Emelita Wong-Galang demonstrated live the cooking of the classic Capampangan pork sisig.


The classic sisig Capampangan is popularly known across the country as the pork sisig.  It is also known by its other Capampangan name as the Cabalen sisig or the sisig pisngi at balugbug babi.  
Chef Emelita Wong-Galang, the founder of EWG Culinary Arts Studio, demonstrates live the cooking of classic Capampangan pork sisig assisted with her son, Chef Edwin Galang.

Also in the preview of the Big Bite! last October 1, 2014 is Chef Sau del Rosario demonstrating live his variation of sisig that uses tuna instead of pork.

Chef Sau del Rosario, demonstrated live his creation of modern variation of sisig that uses fish instead of pork.  He presented his innovative tuna sisig embellished with caviar and young sprouts of Chinese celery and purple flowers of butterfly pea. Chef Sau's gourmet version of tuna sisig is  called tuna sisig ravioli and pan-seared spiced tuna sisig steak
Chef Sau explains his choice of ingredients and for innovating his own version of tuna sisig as a way of reminiscing his life abroad where he could not easily find pig ears, snout, cheek or simply put into one as the maskara (face skin of pig) that he opted to use the widely available tuna meat instead of pork parts. 
Chef Sau putting on the final touch to his own version of tuna sisig.
His kind of seafood sisig can be also be justified as healthy and nutritive other than being gourmet. In my assessment, this combination of local and imported ingredients will surely spike up your libido. I never thought Chef Sau is cupid.
Chef Sau presents here his two versions of tuna sisig in one plate: the tuna sisig ravioli (left, above photo), which is fried dumpling wrapper filled with minced tuna, and pan-seared spiced tuna sisig steak (right, above photo) presented  as a pan-seared tuna cube steak with black caviar. The dish is embellished with purple flowers of butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea, a.k.a. blue pea, Cordofan pea, or Asian pigeonwings), young sprouts of Chinese celery and chopped siling labuyo with a slice of fresh calamansi fruit. Going back to butterfly pea, the scientific name is so intriguing considering how it looks like and your thoughts that would come with it. Ahah, somebody is playing cupid here, no doubt.
Angeles City's Mayor Ed Pamintuan and lady Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting. She shows off her take of strawberry taho from Baguio City and he has the empanada Iloco from Laoag City.
The Angeles City mayor and his lady vice mayor.  
Ms. Ginger Conejero, 2006 Miss Philippines Earth runner-up and TV reporter/host, serves as the master of the ceremony to the preview of the 2nd Big Bite! Northern Food Festival. Mayor Ed Pamintuan of Angeles City giving thanks and formally closes the Big Bite preview with a short talk about the food festival.
The organizers and guests to the preview of the 2nd Big Bite! northern food festival.  
Big Bite! is Marquee Mall's way of supporting local and homegrown food products and concepts by giving the opportunity, showcase and make these products more available to the public.

The Marquee Mall and organizers of the Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival are inviting everybody to come and experience the biggest food festival in Luzon to be held in the Marquee Mall of Angeles City, Pampanga on October 17, 18, and 19, 2014.

Among the activities to expect in the food festival are the food market, Sisig Festival, Food Art Installation, street food aisle, culinary cook off, cooking demonstrations, live entertainments, fire works, free food sampling, and many more. 

The main characters to the preview of the 2nd BIG BITE! are (L-R) Chef Sau del Rosario (IT chef and celebrity endorser), Maricris Bernardino (Division Manager and General Manger of Marquee Mall), Javi Hernandez (Assistant Vice President of Ayala Land), Rowena Tomeldan (Vice President and Head-Operations and Support Services, Commercial Business Group, Ayala Land Inc.), Ms. Vicky Vega-Cabigting (Angeles City Vice-Mayor), Mr. Ed Pamintuan (Angeles City Mayor), Mr. Mark Sablan (Senior Division Manager and General Manager of Marquee Mall), and Ms. Emelita Wong-Galang (Founder of EWG Culinary Arts Studio).
Locator map of the BIG BITE. 


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