Bacolod Chicken Inasal fest kicks off today

(Photo courtesy of Food Park)

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The 3-day Chicken Inasal festival here kicks off today, May 26, 2023 and will run until Sunday, May 28, 2023.

“We will show the entire Philippines that Bacolod’s chicken inasal is really the best in the country,” said Bacolod Councilor Celia Flor, Sanggunian Panlungsod’s committee on Markets chairperson.

Flor also said that the main highlight of the festival will be the attempt of the city for the longest chicken inasal grilling station at the Megaworld Upper East on Sunday.

Set for this is a 320-meter grilling station with 80 participants and 3,000 sticks of chicken inasal to be grilled.

Flor further said that venues for the three-day Chicken Inasal Festival will be at The Upper East, Manokan Country, and North Capitol Road.

She also pointed out that the chicken inasal is not an exclusive property of Bacolod, but a cultural property, which Bacolod is known for.

“When you say tasty chicken inasal, Bacolod comes to mind, especially Manokan Country,” Flor said.

She added that the festival is directed at promoting Manokan Country as an icon of Bacolod,” she said.

As far as peace and security for the festival is concerned, Flor said the police will be deploying 596 personnel.

The Guinness World Records has listed the longest barbecue set by the people of Bayambang, Pangasinan during the Malangsi Fish-tival in 2014, where 50,000 kilograms of fish were grilled.

Today, the festival will kick off at the North Capitol Road with a tasting and pairing event to introduce chicken “not only as a simple dish but a perfect pair for various brews”.

Tomorrow, May 27, the Chicken Inasal Awards will be staged at the Manokan Country to recognize the choice inasal in various categories and honor the chicken inasal “pioneers and legends” in Bacolod.

It can be recalled that in the first two editions in 2018 and 2019, the highlights of the Chicken Inasal Festival were the grilling of thousands of chicken parts on charcoal grills lined up along Araneta Street in the downtown area.