KUMBIRA 2010, Culinary Show and Live Competitions will once again take center stage as it showcases various Food and Beverage Competitions, Cooking Seminars & demonstrations by experts in the food industry, trade exhibits on Hotel and Restaurant equipments and supplies among others.

Flagship project of the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) , KUMBIRA is a major event in time for the annual Cagayan de Oro City Fiesta in honor of its Patron, St. Augustine. With the passing of the City Government Resolution No. 7314-2005 declaring the third week of August and every year thereafter as “KUMBIRA Week”, COHARA has continued to mount this event. Now, on its 14th year, KUMBIRA has attracted culinary professionals, students, housewives and other enthusiasts from all over Mindanao, and even major cities of the Visayas and Luzon.

Themed “Local Flavors for Global Competitiveness”, KUMBIRA is scheduled on August 18 to 20, 2010, at the Atrium of Limketkai Mall this City and will present eleven (II) competitions for the Professional category and twelve (12) for the Student Category including “Chef Wars”, a Regional competition of which the winners (all expenses paid) will represent Mindanao to the Chef Wars National Competition in Manila on September 10-11, 2010 during the “National Food Showdown”, which is a production of TV Food Chefs, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.

Aimed to update and elevate culinary services, as well as promote friendly competitions among COHARA member-establishments and other industry practitioners, the event will definitely demonstrate the skills, artistry and creativity of the food and beverage business players and the students as well.

Last year, a total of 195 entries from thirty-three (33) schools and 82 entries participated by fourteen (14) establishments competed in twenty-two (22) events. For the professional category, Over-all winners were BIGBY’S CAFÉ (1st), PRYCE PLAZA (2nd ) and CAFÉ LAGUNA (3rd) while TAGOLOAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (1st ), ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE-ILIGAN (2nd ) and CHRIST THE KING COLLEGE-Gingoog (3rd), were the awardees for the student category .

Judges for the competitions this year will be composed of culinary luminaries of prominent Chefs and industry professionals from Manila, Cebu, Davao and other parts of the country. Generous and loyal sponsors, including the Department of Tourism will be giving cash prizes, trophies and certificates to participants and winners of the competitions.


The month of July, 2010 will be declared as SINUGLAW FESTIVAL Month by the CAGAYAN DE ORO HOTEL AND RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION (COHARA), which will usher in the biggest and longest existing Culinary Event in the Philippines today, the 14th “ KUMBIRA Culinary Show and Live Competitions”.

The COHARA promises a most interesting and entertaining show this year during the 14th Kumbira with a total of twenty-three (23) competing events both for the professional and student categories, to be held at The Atrium of Limketkai Mall come August 18 to 20, 2010.

As prelude to this big yearly event, the “2nd Sinuglaw Festival” is set on July 1 to 31, 2010, (the first was a one-day affair in 2004 held back to back with the 8th Kumbira). This month-long activity under the auspices of COHARA will be participated by thirty-seven (37) strong members in Cagayan de Oro city who are now in the thick of preparations to make sure that they give diners no room for complaints when they come to their respective restaurants next month. This particular festival is aimed to identify and promote the “sinuglaw” as a truly Kagay-anon dish that we would like to offer a taste of to guests, tourists and locals alike.

“Sinuglaw “ is a combination of sinugba and kinilaw. “Sinugba” refers to the grilled pork sliced into bite-size pieces that is already a dish in itself, while “kinilaw” is the raw fish soaked slightly in coconut vinegar merged with onions, suwa (native lime), tabon-tabon, ginger, and salt.(Sometimes, either mayonnaise or coconut milk is used). All these are mixed together and voila! That is SINUGLAW! The use of ‘tabon-tabon’ and ‘suwa’ gives the distinctive feature of a Kagay-an Sinuglaw.

An orientation for all participating establishments was done last May 20 at the VIP Hotel, by COHARA President and Bigby’s Proprietor, Mrs. Joanna Cris L. Yu. Present were representatives from Bigby’s Café, The VIP Hotel, Max’s Restaurant, Casa Crystalla’s Mom’s Corner, Chali Beach Resort, Pryce Plaza, Hotel Conchita, Sler’s, Grand City Hotel , Miami Inn, Consuelo Steakhouse, Kagay-anon Restaurant, La Ilongga, Dynasty Court Hotel, Mallberry Suites, and Cucina de Oro.

So, mark your calendars now to remind you of the forthcoming “Sinuglaw Festival” Month of July all around the hotels and restaurants in the city, and of course, the exciting three-day Kumbira 2010 on August 18 to 20 at the Limketkai Mall.

For details, please contact the COHARA Executive Secretary Ms. Nollie Arguelles thru telefax # (088) 858-1705 or mobile # 09195872812 & 09228636442 or visit us at Cha-Li Beach Resort, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.

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