MARILAO. Bulacan — SM City here offered free treats to start the holiday season in Bulacan with the unboxing of the colorful giant biko during the launch of Bulacan Food and Art Bestival.
Over a hundred culinary students from STI Balagtas toiled for 120 hours to create the enormous Filipino dessert. Using 500 kilos of glutinous rice, 500 kilos of brown sugar, 400 liters of coconut milk and 200 liters of coconut cream, the giant biko measured 20 feet and yielded 16,000 servings for shoppers to enjoy.
A staple and a delightful dessert present in fiestas, special occasions and holiday celebrations, biko is one of the native delicacies that embodies Bulacan’s culinary culture and celebrations.
“Sweets, kakanin and native delicacies have long been famed products of Bulacan” shares SM City Marilao Mall Manager Emmanuel S. Gatmaitan. “Today, we are not only celebrating promising culinary talents but also showcasing the unique flavors that the province is known for” Engr. Gatmaitan added.
Hundreds of foodies were delighted as they indulged and savor in gastronomic treats that were given freely during the launch.
With food at its center, the festival featured fun food art activities and workshops for aspiring Bulakeño chefs. Elementary students from different schools in Bulacan had the opportunity to learn, discover the intricate and meticulous cooking process of the versatile dessert.
Bulacan Food and Art Bestival is one of the many ways SM celebrates Filipino culture in its mall. This unique event was recognized in the prestigious 2019 Asia-Pacific Stevie awards. It received a bronze award for Innovation in the Use of Events.
The biggest serving of Bustos’ Minasa cookies is slated at SM City Baliwag on September 16. 25 culinary students from BSU are expected to participate to create the enormous 500 Bustos cookies that will measure 12 inches long.
With the launch of the event, SM malls in Bulacan will stir up festive happenings on the next few weeks with dazzling entertainment, and special Christmas activities that will surely thrill shoppers; young and old.
“We hope that our events would create moments of connection with our customers while fostering patronization in our own products and contributing in the growth of our tourism” SM City Marilao Mall Manager Emmanuel S. Gatmaitan said. (RONDA Balita Online News)