KUMBIRA, the only consistent annual culinary event in the country, opened at the Atrium of LimKetKai Mall last August 13, 2009. Tourism Secretary Ace Durano was the special guest of honor.

Kumbira is a culinary festival or feast of food, featuring various food and beverage competitions, cooking demonstration by experts in the food industry, and trade exhibits on Hotel and restaurant equipment, supplies and services.

This year’s Kumbira—with the theme: “Enhancing Asian Culinary Traditions” is organized by the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (Cohara) in cooperation with the Department of Tourism (DOT-X).

Kumbira 2009 showcases some 58 exhibitors and 464 participants representing 13 establishments and 33 schools coming from the cities of Ozamiz, Iligan, Valencia, Surigao, Pagadian, Zamboanga, Davao, Butuan, General Santos, Marawi, Cotabato and Kidapawan and provinces of Lanao del Norte, Agusan del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

It features an array of live competitions and food showdown in both professional and student categories.

An affiliate of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP), Cohara has mounted annual culinary festivals—Kumbira—that showcases the talents of the chefs from the different restaurants in the region. Kumbira is patterned after the Chefs on Parade (Cop) in Manila, these culinary festivals have equaled world class standards and helped boost the morale of the food and beverage community within the hotel and restaurant industry.

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