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8 Culinary Tours to Eat Your Way through the Philippines

For many, cuisine is the highlight of travel. While some choose to go sightseeing, shopping, or adventure-seeking, there are those who have a great passion for local food. With 7,107 islands and 145 cities in the Philippines, not to mention the selection of great food all over the country, it can be difficult to choose. Thankfully, there are curated heritage and culinary tours that can help you taste your way through the Philippines!

Taste homegrown cuisine in the most historic settings with these 8 tasty Philippine culinary tours:

  1. PAMPANGA
    Eat Your Way Through Pampanga

Visit the towns that define Pampanga’s cultural heritage with Bryan Ocampo’s guided tour. Discover the culinary and historical secrets of Guagua, Mexico, Angeles and San Fernando through the museum, church and factory visits, baking lessons from renowned Kapampangan chef Lillian Lising de Borromeo, and of course, hosted meals handpicked by the tour master.

One of the best Philippine culinary tours can be found in Pampanga
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Woman demonstrates a kapampangan dessert recipe as part of the Philippine culinary tours
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You’ll have agahan (breakfast) in Guagua, tanghalian (lunch) in Mexico and early hapunan (dinner) in San Fernando. Excited to know what’s on the menu? See it here.

You’ll also be visiting home-style factories where they sell an array of sweets such as the turrones de casuy and plantanillas which make good pasalubongs.

YOUR TOUR GUIDE

Bryan Ocampo
An accredited tourist guide of the Department of Tourism, he received the best training from the London Blue Badge instructors and learned from the leading figures in Philippine architecture, art, heritage, dance, history, and literature.

TOUR DETAILS Price per person: P2,900 (min 8 guests, max 10 for exclusive tours)

Starting point: Meet up at 7:00 am from your designated pick-up point in Metro Manila and ends when we arrive in Metro Manila before 9:00 pm.

Inclusive of: Trip to Guagua, Sta. Rita, Mexico, Magalang, Angeles City, San Fernando. Three hosted meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Menu and detailed itinerary will be provided on confirmation. Tour lasts 8 hours.

E-mail: bryan.ocampo@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BryanOcampoTourGuide

  1. BINONDO
    Big Binondo Food Wok!

If you absolutely love Chinese food or want to see more of old Manila, this is the food tour for you. Ivan Man Dy will lead the group as you eat your way around the most intimate alleys of Binondo, take in Tsinoy history, try signature Chinatown treats and buy delicacies to bring home.

Get a sampling of some regional Chinese food (Cantonese / Xinjiang / Fujian) and make your way around Binondo’s staple restaurants and shops like Quik Snack, President’s Tea House and Eng Bee Tin.

Philippine culinary tours: Binondo (1)
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Philippine culinary tours: Binondo (2)
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YOUR TOUR GUIDE

Ivan Man Dy
The brains and feet behind Old Manila Walks, which he established in 2005. Before this, he was an active museum guide as well as a staunch heritage preservation activist.

TOUR DETAILS

Price per person: P1,350 (min of 20 guests for exclusive tours)

Starting point: Meet up is at the lobby inside Binondo Church. Please make an inquiry for the tour dates and schedules.

Inclusive of: Trip to Plaza Calderon de la Barca, Basilica de San Lorenzo Ruiz, Ongpin Street, Traditional Chinatown shops and restaurants, Carvajal Alley Market. Tour is 3.5-hours long.

E-mail: fun@oldmanilawalks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Old-Manila-Walks

  1. ILOCOS
    Ilocandia Food & Heritage Tour

Get immersed in Ilocos’ decadent culture, heritage and history on this 3-day tour. Led by Osep Reyes, you will start by exploring the South – known as the renowned city of Vigan and its nostalgic Calle Crisologo. Then you proceed to the Northern end, exploring the bustling town of Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

All these while driving hunger away with piping hot miki noodles and sinuglaw, bagnet, Ilocos empanada, and other famous Ilocano delicacies.

Philippine Culinary tours: Ilocos/ Photo by Yvette Tan / CC BY
Photo by Yvette Tan / CC BY
YOUR TOUR GUIDE

Osep Reyes
One of the founders of tour group Culture Shock PH,  he is always either trekking, exploring old towns, running up ancient belfries or dancing along in fiestas.

TOUR DETAILS Price per person: P7,800

Starting point: Itineraries may vary, but all trips start in Manila at 6:00AM in McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas.

Inclusive of: Round trip transpo via chartered van, hotel accommodations, 2 breakfasts, food tasting, pottery demonstration, entrance and donation fees, personalized ID, Culture Shock PH guide. The tour is 3D/2N long.

E-mail: cultureshockph@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CultureShockPH

  1. SAGADA
    Sagada Coffee Eco-tour

Love coffee, nature and adventure? This is the food tour for you. Go spelunking in Sumaguing Cave, scream to your heart’s content at Echo Valley, see the stories Sagada Hanging Coffins, and view the sunrise at Kiltepan Valley.

Of course, the trip won’t be complete without trekking the Coffee Trail. Here you’ll be taught the coffee harvesting process and get to try their famous Civet Coffee.

Philippine culinary tours: Sagada
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Philippine culinary tours: Sagada (2)
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YOUR TOUR GUIDE Osep Reyes
One of the founders of tour group Culture Shock PH,  he is always either trekking, exploring old towns, running up ancient belfries or dancing along in fiestas.
TOUR DETAILS Price per person: P6,100

Starting point: Itineraries may vary, but all trips start in Manila at 9:30 PM at Ohayami bus terminal, Sampaloc, Manila.

Inclusive of:  Transportation (Public bus to Banaue; chartered jeepney around Banaue and Sagada), hotel accommodations (dorm rooms for sharing), daily lunch, civet coffee tasting, travel insurance, tour guide fees, environmental fees, entrance fees & other miscellaneous fees. Tour is 3D/2N long.

E-mail: cultureshockph@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CultureShockPH

  1. CEBU
    Cebu Food Crawl

Do you love food, travel, and love writing about it? Register now for this once-a-year event. Due to the massive success of Cebu Food Crawl in 2015, they’ll be at it again from August 26-29, 2016. Cebu Food Crawl is the first bloggers’ exploration of the best food and restaurants in Cebu. Selected participants will be going around the country and be served with internationally known local specialties and must-try recipes by well-loved Cebuano restaurants. The 4-day food tour will start with a welcome lunch for out-of-town participants.

They’re still whipping up the menu – check out #CebuFoodCrawl on Instagram and Twitter to see all the food the lucky bloggers sampled last year.

 

Philippine culinary tours: Cebu City
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Philippine culinary tours: Cebu City (2)/ Photo by George Parilla / CC BY
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YOUR TOUR GUIDE

Cebu Bloggers Society
Cebu Bloggers Society is the premiere blogging organization in Cebu, driven with its mission to promote Cebu and the Cebuanos around the world with a sense of pride are proud to host and present the first ever Cebu Food Crawl.

TOUR DETAILS

Price per person: P2,000 for logistical expenses / Runs from Aug 26-29, 2016

Starting point: Meet up is on Aug 26 in Cebu City. All chosen bloggers will be given full details once their application is accepted.

Inclusive of:  4-day food tour. Airfare, accommodations, and other incidentals shall be shouldered by out-of-town participants.

E-mail: raterinchief@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CebuFoodCrawl

  1. NEGROS
    Organic Farm Tour

With the proliferation of organic and probiotic farms in Negros, it’s now known at the Organic Food Bowl of the Philippines. Through this tour, you can take in the sights, the fresh air, and sample farm-to-table cuisine at the best organic farms Negros has to offer — Penalosa Farms, May’s Organic Farm, and Rapha Valley Farm.

The tour also includes organic-living lectures, silk making, and mulberry picking.

Philippine culinary tours: Negros
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YOUR TOUR GUIDE An accredited DOT Tour guide will accompany you through the farms.
TOUR DETAILS Price per person: P1,050

Starting point: Meet up is on Aug 26 in Cebu City. All chosen bloggers will be given full details once their application is accepted.

Inclusive of: Aircon vehicle throughout the tour, DOT-accredited tour guide, entrance fees to all places indicated. Tour is 4-hours long.

E-mail: tourism_negocc@yahoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/negrosoccidentaltourismcenter

  1. DAVAO
    Mel’s Davao Food Tour

Want to know more about Davao beyond its attractions and sights? Check out Davao’s different neighborhoods and try street food, market food, fruit stall food and restaurant food, all within the city center!

The tour has 6 stops chosen to give an insider’s peek of food eaten by locals and prepared in a distinctly Davao way – that is, with hardly any spices and techniques. The secret is to bring out the fresh, clean taste of Davao’s famous produce including pomelos and durian. Other favorites in this tour are the Tuna Pakfry, kinilaw at Luz Kinilaw, adobong puso ng saging and the cheese at Malagos Farm.

Philippine culinary tours: Davao City
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YOUR TOUR GUIDE Mel Pangan
Mel is the owner of hotel Bahay ni Tuding and founded this pioneer food tour of Davao.
TOUR DETAILS Price per person: P2,250

Starting point: Meet up is in Davao City downtown. Please inquire for the full itinerary.

Inclusive of: Transportation within Davao City, Breakfast and Lunch. Tour is 5-6 hours long.

E-mail: melsdavaofoodtour@yahoo.com.ph

Facebook: www.facebook.com/melsdavaofoodtour

  1. NATIONWIDE
    A Taste of the Philippines

Can’t decide which region you want to visit? Then try them all with this nationwide culinary tour. Hosted by UK culinary tour company Trip Feast, it includes eight days of eating your way throughout Philippine cities and provinces including Laguna, San Pablo, Vigan, Ilocos Norte, Manila, and Pagudpud. The tour very much centers on food, but bits of history, culture and tradition are discussed as well.

Even if you’ve been brought up in the Philippines, the eight-day excursion promises a fresh take on Filipino dishes: adobo with a glass of tuba, or coconut wine; palasang pinoy (sweet and spicy crab) or seafood kare-kare (crabs, mussels and shrimps in thick peanut gravy). Want something sweet? The crunchy puto seco (Filipino cookie) may just become your new favorite treat. There’s pulutan (finger food) too, for those who like to drink!

Nationwide Philippine culinary tours
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Philippine culinary tours nationwide -- Lechon
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YOUR TOUR GUIDE The tour masters will be one of the two UK-based founders, Rahul and Dave, assisted by local tour guides.
TOUR DETAILS Price per person: P67,490 / Runs from Nov 12-29, 2016

Starting Point: Delegates are checked-in at a hotel and given their orientation on the first night. Please make an inquiry for full details or see the itinerary here.

Inclusive of: Internal flights, accommodation, tour bus, most meals (meal plan will be included in the itinerary), sightseeing with local guides, Climate Care contribution

E-mail: info@tripfeast.com

Website: http://www.tripfeast.com

For bookings, please contact the Tour Operators or click on the links above.

Main Photo by EladeManu / CC BY

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