Cotabato City will host the first ever Crab Festival beginning December 15 as part of the prestigious Shariff Kabunsuan Festival, officials said. The Shariff Kabunsuan festival will commemorate the arrival of Islam in mainland Mindanao.
Cotabato Crab Festival
Organized by the Metro Cotabato Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (MCCCIFI), city government of Cotabato, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Tourism, the crab festival will prove to all and sundry that Cotabato crabs are the tastiest crabs in the Philippines, the organizers said.
Seafood lovers are raving about Cotabato City’s crab because of its unique taste.
Crab is Cotabato City’s One Town One Product (OTOP).
Through the crab festival, key decision makers and industry players will convene to enlist commitment of support to implement sustainable programs and projects that will lead to the growth of the local crab industry, Shamera Abobakar, MCCCIFI executive director, said in a statement.
Stakeholders are also expected to provide opportunity for networking and forging business matching among participants, exhibitors, retailers, producers and successful crab entrepreneurs.
Abobakar said the festival will be composed of a series of activities such as “crab forum” on December 15 at South Seas Mall Ballroom that would also feature crab technologies and its business opportunities and the three-year crab industry development plan of Cotabato City, signing of business matching agreements and the launching of the new MCCCIFI website.
She said the crab forum will also highlight the campaign for the renewal of business permits in January 2012 to crab producers, retailers and other local business owners in the city. A Business Permit Licensing System help desk will be set up at the venue to attend to inquiries regarding business applications and renewals.
Meanwhile, a Crab Culinary Arts Competition on December 16 at the Peoples Palace lobby is open to amateur cooks who can win some exciting prizes by creating a delicious dish using “alimango” or the Cotabato crabs as the main or secondary ingredients.
Highlighting the activities is the Crab Race on December 18 at the Cotabato City Plaza.
Partnering with the organizers are the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 12 and the Growth with Equity in Mindanao Program of the US Agency for International Development.
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