you'd be crazy to miss this event at Salcedo Market:
ILOCOS NORTE COMES TO SALCEDO MARKET
The Salcedo Community Market and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte will host an Ilocos food and crafts fair on December 15, 2007, showcasing the finest fresh produce, specialty food items, and indigenous crafts from the Ilocos region.
The day-long event is entitled 'Panaggapas: The Ilocano Harvest'. (Panaggapas - 'harvest season', in the local language - is the traditional highlight of the year's efforts, when the farmers give thanks for the blessings they have received and rest after another year of work.)
The festival is the first time the Salcedo Community Market - Manila's most popular weekend market - will host a fair of regional Filipino specialty food items and traditional crafts. Specialty items on sale will include popular Ilocos food products such as garlic, shallots, cornick, linga (sesame seeds), miki, and tupig, basi (sugarcane wine), and sukang Iloco (sugarcane vinegar) - all of which will be on sale from 7am to 4pm.
Other items on sale will include Ilocano delicacies such as bagnet, empanada, and longganiza (sausage). Among the non-food items are woven textiles; traditional Abel Iloko (woven cotton fabrics), in the form of blankets, runners, and napkins; and handcrafted baskets and mats that are known for their tight, intricate weaves. Keep any eye out also for dried tobacco leaves - a traditional household insect repellant and garden pesticide.
The festival will also include a cooking demonstration of traditional Ilocos food by authentic cooks brought in specially for the event, as well as representatives from the province's hotels and resorts.