A Filipino Outdoor Market Experience: Food And So Much More.

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3-day Local Market, Iloilo City, Philippines

This weekend was a bit of a treat.

Inside the MegaWorld complex of Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Philippines held a local market named “Produkto Lokal Festival”. Usually these are run by organizers that attract local vendors to sell their goods and services in an open market setup. Ironically it was situated right in front of the restaurant I last reviewed.

Although it was a little bit out of our way, we were lucky to drop in on the evening of one of the 3 days it was running. From one tent to another, my family and I checked out what was available for sale. People from around the province were selling handmade weave accessories and freshly grown fruits and vegetables most commonly sold at a local farmers market. The choices were amazing. Take your pick from any large selection of mangoes piled on a table. How about choosing from a huge bunch of bananas and plantains?

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 We picked up a large bag of lettuce for only 50 pesos ($1 USD!)

Some vendors have made their own brand and made a whole line of products such as jarred pickled items and packaged dried food.

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So impressed with the thought and effort put into each vendor’s stall.

I looked for some ready-to-eat snacks to eat. There was always something to find.

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Some really delicious treats such as “puto” made out of ube (yam) and cheese and some crunchy snacks too!

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the evening without a cup of fair trade coffee, grown and roasted in the Philippines. This local vendor brews their coffee the “cowboy” method. Much stronger in flavour with the right amount of strength to the taste. They also sold their other specialty, Matcha green tea, but my mind was already made up.

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Even though the temperature remained hot and humid, I still enjoyed my special brewed cup of coffee, served to me with a smile and a “thank you”.

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If you have any type of outdoor market in your area, get out and support the local vendors. It is a fun experience!

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