The Bacolod food hunters were invited by Dr. Prm to visit the Binalbagan booth in the Panaad grounds in Mansilingan. Martin took the opportunity to test out his new Iphone’s photo taking abilities.
Panaad is a weeklong event in which all the various towns and cities of Negros Occidental come and show off their products and food. It is a crowded, hot and sweltering place. Which is why the best time to visit it is on a weekday night!
There’s lots of fun things to do at Panaad! You can go drinking with your buddies, pick up cheap native handicrafts, gawk at the cultural presentation of each town and best of all, fill up on seafood and chicken inasal! We were especially fascinated by the different varieties of dried fish!
Dr. Prm invited us to the Binalbagan booth. It was one of the nicest booths. I use the term “booth” loosely because in actuality each booth is more like a mini museum and a sari sari store as big as a house.
The best part of Panaad is the dining out experience. All sorts of goodies can be found! Each town tries to outdo one another and since it’s summer, each town exhibit explodes with a colorful display of native handicrafts and fresh fruit!
We had dinner at the Binalbagan booth. Dinner was fun since it was already late at night which meant that there were fewer people and the night air was cool and relaxing.
We paid a quick visit to the La Carlota booth which was right beside the Binalbagan booth. We decided to try their flavoured milks!
Dr. PRM got a bottle of UBE flavoured milk and a PANDAN flavoured milk for us to try.
Tips for visiting Panaad:
1.) If you REALLY REALLY want to eat seafood and exotic shellfish, go early in the morning when the fish is brought in fresh from the towns. Eat only at nice and clean looking places.
2.) The best time to go is in the evening on a weekday since there will be less people and it will be cooler. Going to Panaad at noon is SUICIDE.
3.) Bargains are best on the day that the Panaad festival closes.