Friday, June 28, 2024

From Farm to Fork: 2024 National Food Fair Champions Agricultural Enterprises

The 2024 DTI-Bagong Pilipinas National Food Fair (NFF) is not just a feast for the senses; it's a celebration of the heart and soul of Filipino food entrepreneurship and sustainable agriculture. This year’s NFF will take place from July 3 to 7 at Megatrade Halls 1-3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Bureau of Market Development, Promotions, and OTOP (BMDPO) in cooperation with the DTI Regional and Provincial Offices, the NFF will showcase a diverse range of products and initiatives that support local MSMEs and sustainable practices.

Empowering MSMEs from Farm to Fork

The NFF has always been a staunch supporter of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). This year, the fair is proud to host over 200 MSMEs from all corners of the Philippines, each with their own unique story and a passion for sharing their culinary traditions. From Philippine wines and coffees, fresh and processed foods, to regional delicacies, the NFF will offer a true taste of the archipelago's rich culinary heritage.

Supporting Agricultural Enterprises and Rural Development

In a testament to the transformative power of entrepreneurship, the NFF will highlight the remarkable achievements of initiatives that demonstrate the potential for inclusive growth in the agricultural sector, particularly in the coconut industry.

Shining a spotlight on the thriving Coconut-Based MSME Cluster highlights the versatility and economic potential of this beloved Filipino crop. From coconut oil and vinegar to innovative coconut-based snacks and desserts, these MSMEs are proving that the humble coconut can be transformed into a wide range of high-value products that can be globally competitive.

Investing in the Future of Filipino Food

"The NFF is not just about celebrating Filipino cuisine; it's about empowering our local communities and ensuring a sustainable future for our food industry," says DTI-MSME Development Group Undersecretary Ma. Cristina A. Roque. "By supporting MSMEs and promoting sustainable practices, we are investing in the future of our country."

Nourishing Both Body and Mind

Whether you're a passionate foodie, an aspiring entrepreneur, or simply someone who cares about the future of Filipino food, the 2024 DTI-Bagong Pilipinas National Food Fair is an event not to be missed, as it provides a platform for MSMEs to showcase their products and connect with potential buyers and partners.

To provide inspiration and learning opportunities for food entrepreneurs and home cooks, a daily program of cooking demonstrations, as well as business talks and workshops, has been lined up from July 4-7. Participation is free, both in-person and via livestream on the National Food Fair's social media channels.

Join the DTI-BMDPO Events

Aspiring entrepreneurs can join future DTI-BMDPO fairs through their local DTI Office. They may also reach out to the Bureau of Market Development, Promotions & OTOP by sending an email to Director Marievic Bonoan at Stay updated by following them on Facebook (@BDTP), Twitter (@DTI_BDTP), Instagram (@dti.bdtp), YouTube (@DTI.BDTP), and TikTok (@dti.bdtp).

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