Most of the foodies in Manila are raving about the One Town One Product (OTOP) Fair in Megatrade Hall in MegaMall. After doing an OTOP food trip, we can’t stop raving about it! Let me share with you our discoveries when we went around. The fair runs until tomorrow, Sunday and you should not miss it.

To start off the food trip, have a taste of Bing Angeles’ Tahong Chips (P20/P45)dipped in their own version of Sinamak. Tahong Chips is an OTOP product of Bacoor, Cavite. Then visit Teresita Verano’s colorful brooms which is a proud OTOP product from Caramoran, Catanduanes.

Check out the innovative C&C foods’ traditional Kesong Puti Dips and Spreads (P100), a product OTOP of Nueva Ecija. Usually there is a crowd that forms around this booth to taste the different flavors of Kesong Puti Dips and Spreads. Most of the people who tasted it, end up buying the product.

We don’t really need a hat but the Aurora Hats were so cute that we ended up buying one. The one that Rache bought costs P150.

Fly over to La Trinidad, Benguet and have a wine tasting at Jason’s Quality Wines. Check out their Strawberry, Blueberry, Yacon and Bugnay Wine. Bugnay Wine is our local red wine. I liked the blueberry and yacon wines.

The No. 1 Foodie Secret in the OTOP Fair is the Okey na Okoy booth. It serves the best Kalabasang Okoy (P15) which is a proud OTOP product of Baliuag, Bulacan.

For lunch, don’t forget to try the P70 Hero’s 250g Hungarian Sausage. We loved this and wondered where we can order one in Manila.

Don’t miss Aling Nene of Binan’s version of Buchi, only P10. Aling Nene is famous for their Puto Binan.

Now for your second wine tasting event, check out the Dory’s flavored Lambanog of Candelaria, Quezon. I loved the blueberry lambanog flavor with 22% alcohol.

For dessert, check out the different versions of Pili Nuts, Pastillas, and sweets. No one really stands out. I wondered is there a famous brand of Pili product in Bicol?

To end the food trip, don’t miss the naturally fermented and organically grown Basi Wine of Laoag City.

For pasalubong, buy this unique Wrapsody product from Albay, Bicol for only P180. This is Bicol’s version of the Greek Baklava dessert.

Nagutom ka na ba? (Are you getting hungry?) We can’t stop raving about this OTOP Fair! We’ll surely go to the next event!


Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.