As in every feasts, I expect to try delicious local fare during the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon last May 14-15, 2011. Luckily, I did not expect in vain as Lucban has a lot to offer every visitors in town during this exciting feast day for San Isidro Labrador whose bounty the Lukbanins is celebrating.
Here's a plus! Ate the delicious bounties for free! Who says there is no such thing as free lunch? Oh well,maybe there isn't. But I can attest that there is such a thing as "free dinner-breakfast-lunch-dinner" during Pahiyas Festival! Thanks to Issa's family and the Salvan's family for satisfying my gastronomic pleasure.
Here's my personal listings of Pahiyas faves that are either yummy and filling or pleasing to the eyes and my shutter bug instinct--
1. Pancit Hab-hab
As in my second post Other Stars of Pahiyas Festival, Pansit Hab-Hab is actually an ordinary pancit miki guisado sautéed with pork meat, pork liver, shrimp, pechay and sayote. It becomes unique because of the way it is eaten - it is placed in a banana leaf, eaten strait with mouth without using any utensils (in Tagalog "hab-hab"). Normally drizzled with vinegar to enhance its taste.
2. Longganisang Lucban
I don't eat longganisa because of the sweet taste usually associated with this delicacy. But Longganisang Lukban is an exception! It has a garlicky,sour,salty taste perfect for my taste buds. And for more than a decade now (because I served as an LDS missionary in Tayabas (Lucena/Lucban areas),it has been my favorite pasalubong
3. Broas and Leche Flan
Broas and Leche Flan are just two of the mouthwatering "kakanin" of Lucban along with Tikoy, suman, otap, etc.
4. Buntal Hats, Bayong,
Colorful and intricate designs of handcrafted Buntal hats, bags and trinkets are so pleasurable to the eyes. I did not buy hat because I have tons of them at home already and I was wearing a cap that time. I bought a Buntal bayong though because Lucban is adopting the " NO Plastic Bag" policy! I am happy to contribute in my simple little way in saving our mother nature by not using plastic bags and using reusable bags for shopping! Go go Bayong!
5. Lucban's Fruits and Vegetables
I love this picture of the bountiful fruits and vegetables during Pahiyas taken by my high school friend Lanie Montano! Yummy--licious! Without transforming the fruits and vegetables into a work of art to be hung or something to adorn the house, the fresh fruits and veggies are truly fascinating by themselves!
6. Pahiyas Chandeliers
Another pleasurable to the eyes that I see only in Pahiyas are the different sizes and materials for the chandelier - shaped hanging decorations. I love the tomatoes (very creative), kipings, and rice stalks.
Other posts on this topic:
2. Other Stars of Pahiyas Festival
1.Kiping: Lucban's Pahiyas Tradition