Last Updated: May 28, 2021

Eat up at the Bangus Festival

Bangus Festival is one of the Philippines’ tastiest celebrations, starting from the third of April until the end of the month.

The festival is held in the beautiful city of Dagupan in the province of Pangasinan. The festival is held in celebration of the city’s thriving aquaculture, specializing in bangus or milkfish. Every year, tourists from all walks of life make their way to the city to tantalize their taste buds with this unique delicacy.

Eat and dance your way through the Bangus Festival

All about the food

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As one of the country’s favorite kinds of seafood, the Bangus Festival is all about eating. Every year the festival is done differently, but count on cooking competitions and food bazaars. In other words, there will always be many ways to enjoy this local delicacy.

Filipinos cook bangus in many different ways, and there’s no better place to discover what they are than at the festival. The fondly-called Banguisine is reason enough for locals and travelers to flock to this city every year. As a testament to the diversity of this fish, visitors will be treated to all kinds of cuisine, from Asian to Western, all featuring the humble milkfish.

Out of the the many ways to cook bangus, however, grilling is the locals’ favorite method. Expect a lot of roadside food stalls grilling milkfish whole for passersby to enjoy at home or on small tables and chairs by the grill. As expected, you will find all sorts of bangus products everywhere – dried, raw, frozen, snack items, souvenirs, and merchandise.

All about the parties

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Just like the Dinagyang Festival, the Pintados Festival, and more, this Bangus festival is not just a culinary event as there are energetic street performances that keep visitors enthralled all day long. Join in the dances with the locals for a first-hand experience of the local culture. The dances are held for the purpose of showing bountiful harvests of Bangus. The locals will often wear traditional colorful regalia that resonates well with the theme of the festival.

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The festival is so huge that major networks usually set up public concerts with their top artists during this time. As usual, thee concerts are always punctuated by bazaars, markets, and food courts so you can nod your head to the pulsating rhythms that bring Dagupan to life. Bangus Festivalis the perfect way to indulge oneself in the rich culture of the locals, all the while trying out different foods. Mark your calendars for this invigorating festival, and do not forget to have fun.

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