Mindanao Food Fest: South by Mouth

Disclaimer: This is the full feature from The Royal Chef column on Edge Davao.

Food. Merriam Webster defines as the things people and animals eat; a material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrates and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair and vital processes and to furnish energy. However we interpret the word, one thing is for sure. Food is love and love is food.

Celebrations in the city, during the Kadayawan, was made even more memorable with the recently concluded South by Mouth: Kadayawan Food Fair that showcased a plethora of delectable food finds the city has to offer.

South by Mouth, the first region-wide food festival, is set to invade Mindanao from August to September 2016. The food fest aims to promote the region’s delectable and sumptuous food culture through outdoor food fairs in 3 key cities in Mindanao: Davao, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos.

After feeding the many hungry mouth of Davao, its next stop is Cagayan de Oro (Uptown Eats CdO) and concludes at GenSan (Tuna Festival Grillfest) on Sept 2 to 4.

In the city, what took place was a display of the most delicious food fairs that made everyone go on a gastronomic adventure night after night. It was held in 2 separate locations – SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier. With days apart, the timing was indeed perfect. Why? More times to enjoy the smorgasbord…one day at a time.

First stop was the South by Mouth: Kadayawan GrillFest (August 12 to 14, 2016) at the SM City Davao wherein the air was filled with the smell of freshly grilled meat. Stalls after stalls of establishments offered their best sellers and some other new items on their menu.



Live band provided entertainment that delighted the goers. From grilled juicy steaks to grilled tuna to beers, there was no reason for the tummy not to growl and not be hungry. Not to mention, selection of sweets perfect to end a meal with family and friends is readily available.

Second stop was the South by Mouth: The Davao Gourmet Collective (August 19 to 21, 2016) at the Fountain Grounds of SM Lanang Premier. On its fourth year, the food bazaar offers a gastronomic feast of the best local eats and emerging food concepts (online sellers) in the city. Mix of 18 local and Manila-based sellers came together to give everyone a reason to momentarily say good bye to their diets.


The selection was exhaustive. From sweet to savoury to cold treats, everything was present for a guaranteed gastronomic experience. All worth the calories.

Participants included Backyard Burgers (grilled to perfection burgers), B. Wings, Café el Gato, Jam Foods and Co. (thinly sliced Angus beef tapa that melts in your mouth), Cucina Ilocana, Alibaba shawarma (oozing with Mediterranean goodness), Kakimkris Lechon, Stellina’s Lemonade (best thirst quencher), Kai Artisan Chocolates (chocolate-y goodness with a twist), Sugarcane Bar (refreshingly good), Crocodile ice cream (exotically delicious), Maamboss Café, JR Pastry (love in every a bite), The Griddle Burgers & Sandwwiches (meaty goodness in a bun), Bangkok Wok (taste of Thailand in every plate), Sea Green Café and Lifestyle shop (healthy hearty meals), Soul Kitchen (sinfully healthy nibbles and drinks) and The Fatboy’s Kitchen.







With all the food, it was truly a celebration to remember. Go explore Davao, even after the Kadayawan. I know I will. So, what’s your Kadayawan food story?

Thank you SM and Ms. Carmina del Rosario for allowing us to taste the many flavours of Davao. For more years, cheers!

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IG: @iamleebai


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