CALGARY — The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) and the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary have announced Canada’s first-ever Filipino Restaurant Month, from April 1 to 30. The project will be executed by the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa and the Philippine Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver, and participating restaurants will feature Filipino prix-fixe menus highlighting a variety of Filipino food, ingredients, chefs and restaurants throughout Canada.
With nearly 30 participating restaurants in four cities, diners will be able to explore many different flavours of the 7,641 islands of the Philippines. Of the restaurants, 11 are located in Calgary, seven are in Toronto, five are in Vancouver and four are in Ottawa.
“Filipino Restaurant Month aims to introduce and promote the Philippines to the Canadian mainstream market as a destination for unique gastronomic experiences by featuring the rich Filipino cuisine and food as cultural heritage through our partner restaurants across Canada,” says Soleil Tropicales, Tourism Attaché of Philippine Department of Tourism in San Francisco.
“[Filipino Restaurant Month is culturally important] because we want to bring Filipino cuisines to mainstream Canadian markets. Through our various dishes, we hope to inspire Canadians to explore Filipino foods and through cuisine, develop a better appreciation for our culture,” says Consul General Zaldy Patron. “[Economically speaking,] promoting Filipino restaurants in various provinces across Canada encourages dining at local restaurants and supports suppliers.”
With the support from local and Philippine-based sponsors, diners will have a chance to win local and national prizes. The prizes will range from $25 vouchers for participating restaurants to trip accommodations to the Philippines.