BellySima Food Festival:
Exciting Food Finds at Glorietta

Chocolate Truffle Cake was one of the exciting finds at the BellySima Food Festival held at Glorietta

Chocolate Truffle Cake was one of the exciting finds at the BellySima Food Festival held at Glorietta

FOOD fairs and weekend food markets are a big thing these days, because they are where we usually stumble upon great food finds, mostly homemade and artisanal, that we don’t find in commercial outlets. Cupcakes, cookies, gourmet chocolates, cakes, breads, gourmet jams and spreads, and lots of organic products as well as interesting non-food products.

The BellySima Food Festival, put together by Glorietta in partnership with The Mercato Centrale Group and Our Awesome Planet at the Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive in the weekend of September 6 to 7, 2014, was one of the most successful food fairs that took place recently. The first ever food fair that the partners organized featuring artisan, gourmet and organic products, BellySima turned out a plethora of healthy food finds, such as Green Bakers’ Malunggay Cookies, Almond Ginger Cookies, and Carrot and Squash Cookies; Gawad Kalinga’s all-natural Purple Leaf and Kick-ass Lemongrass iced teas under the Bayani Brew brand; Cake Avenue Bakeshop’s Carrot Cupcakes and Banana Cupcakes; Briet’s Dessert Station’s Puto Flan and Pandan Flavor Puto Flan; Jertie’s Kitchen’s vegan (gluten-, soy-, egg-, dairy- and casein-free) Cranberry Almond Granola Balls; Batter Up by Florence’s Carrot Cupcakes and Banana Streusel Cupcakes; Wise Eats’ Pickled Long Beans, Calamansi Marmalade, Orange Fruit Butter, Tomato Fruit Butter and Spicy Brown Fruit Butter; and Spread Organic Agriculture in the Philippines (SOAP)’s Cappuccino Chocolate Bar, Hazelnut Chocolate Bar and Spicy Chocolate Bar made with high-quality local cacao.

The BellySima Food Festival at Glorietta drew a sizable crowd of food-loving shoppers

The BellySima Food Festival at Glorietta drew a sizable crowd of food-loving shoppers

RJ Ledesma from The Mercato Centrale Group was one of the organizers of the BellySima Food Festival at Glorietta

RJ Ledesma from The Mercato Centrale Group was one of the organizers of the BellySima Food Festival at Glorietta

Green Baker's Carrot and Squash Cookies and Malunggay Cookies in 100-gram packs

Green Baker’s Carrot and Squash Cookies and Malunggay Cookies in 100-gram packs

Green Baker's Malunggay Cookies and Almond Ginger Cookies for sampling

Green Baker’s Malunggay Cookies and Almond Ginger Cookies for sampling

Gawad Kalinga's Bayani Brew Purple Leaf and Kick-ass Lemongrass all-natural iced teas

Gawad Kalinga’s Bayani Brew Purple Leaf and Kick-ass Lemongrass all-natural iced teas

Peanut Spread, also from the Gawad Kalinga booth

First Harvest Honey-sweetened Peanut Spread, also from the Gawad Kalinga booth

Cake Avenue Bakeshop's Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cake Avenue Bakeshop’s Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cupcakes and Chocolate Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting

Banana Cupcakes and Chocolate Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting

Jertie's Kitchen's Cranberry Almond Granola Balls

Jertie’s Kitchen’s Cranberry Almond Granola Balls

Cookies by Batter Up by Florence

Cookies by Batter Up by Florence

Batter Up by Florence's Carrot Cupcakes

Batter Up by Florence’s Carrot Cupcakes

Banana Streusel Cupcakes by Batter Up by Florence

Banana Streusel Cupcakes by Batter Up by Florence

Choco Locco Gourmet of Chocolates' Cappuccino Chocolate Bars

Cappuccino Chocolate Bars by Spread Organic Agriculture of the Philippines (SOAP)

Spread Organic Agriculture in the Philippines' Hazelnut Chocolate Bars

Spread Organic Agriculture in the Philippines’ Hazelnut Chocolate Bars

Some stalls even sell Filipino merienda fares, including Maniego’s Plate, which offers Carioca, Turon, Puto and Pancit Palabok. Farm-in-a-Box, for its part, encourages homemakers to grow their own herbs, such as organic basil and ashitaba, so that they can just pick what they need when they cook. It also sells organic vegetables, including eggplants, okra, calamansi and tomatoes, plus homemade salted duck eggs, from its own farm.

The food fair gave Glorietta shoppers an opportunity to taste and discover artisan and gourmet food products made by professional chefs, culinary students, home bakers and cooks. Shoppers with a Php1,000 receipt from purchases made in Glorietta 3 and 5 merchants and restaurants and Palm Drive restaurants, as well as VIPinoy and Amore cardholders were privileged to enter the food fair and get to sample food products for free.

Pickled Long Beans by Wise Eats

Pickled Long Beans by Wise Eats

Wise Eats offers a wide selection of gourmet jams and spreads

Wise Eats offers a wide selection of gourmet jams and spreads

www.unit16sweets.com specializes in flavored chocolates, semi dark chocolates and milk chocolates with innovative packages

www.unit16sweets.com specializes in flavored chocolates, semi dark chocolates and milk chocolates with innovative packages

Chocolate bars with messages by www.unit16sweets.com

Chocolate bars with messages by www.unit16sweets.com

Flavored Chocolates, Semi Dark Chocolates and Milk Chocolates from www.unit16sweets.com

Flavored Chocolates, Semi Dark Chocolates and Milk Chocolates from www.unit16sweets.com

Devil's Cake

Devil’s Cake

Assorted Brownies -- three pieces for Php100

Assorted Brownies — three pieces for Php100

Mille Crepe Chocolate Cake, anyone?

Mille Crepe Chocolate Cake, anyone?

Briet's Dessert Station's Puto Flan and Pandan Flavor Puto Flan

Briet’s Dessert Station’s Puto Flan and Pandan Flavor Puto Flan

Blue Toque's hand-crafted Belgian "Melt-in-Youth-Mouth" Chocolate Cake

Blue Toque’s hand-crafted Belgian “Melt-in-Youth-Mouth” Chocolate Cake

Blue Toque's Belgian "Melt-in-Your Mouth" Chocolate Cupcake

Blue Toque’s Belgian “Melt-in-Your Mouth” Chocolate Cupcake

Chokoa's Hello Kitty cake

Chokoa’s Hello Kitty cake

Organic vegetables and salted duck eggs by Farm-in-a-Box

Organic vegetables and salted duck eggs by Farm-in-a-Box

Organic basil plant by Farm-in-a-Box

Organic basil plant by Farm-in-a-Box

Since BellySima took place in line with Grandparents’ Day weekend, grandparents were also given the privilege of entering the food fair for free. As for other shoppers, The Mercato Centrale Group made tickets available for Php50.

BellySima was part of Glorietta’s initiatives to push the boundaries and provide its shoppers with unique, one-of-a-kind selections of products for holiday gift ideas and alternatives for a healthier lifestyle.

 

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