11 Aug COHARA featuring Kumbira – A Culinary Show and Live Competitions
Before the Kumbira event there came COHARA; the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association, and now considered one of the organizations in the city that has greatly contributed to the city’s development, progress, and tourism in terms of restaurants, hotels, and its affiliates.
COHARA was organized back in 1996 through the Region X office of the Department of Tourism under the initiative of then regional director Ms. Dorothy Pabayo. Shortly after, the organization affiliated itself as the Northern Mindanao chapter of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP).
From its many achievements, COHARA prides itself in organizing the biggest showcase of food and cooking talents in the region into an annual culinary festival called Kumbira. Taking its idea from Manila’s Chefs on Parade (COP), this culinary show that often lasts up to three days is one of the main events that Cagayanons look forward to since it is set to coincide with the annual Cagayan de Oro fiesta celebrations.
COHARA continuously updates the skills of hotel and restaurant professionals through training and workshops with recognized professionals from other countries. COHARA has partnered with international organizations such as the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) and even Philippine based organizations to also facilitate personal mentoring to improve facilities and services. The organization also attends or participates in local and international events such as the recent Thailand Food Expo in Bangkok and the Chefs on Parade.
“Let’s Talk Ingredients” is the 2015 theme.
This year, the Kumbira Culinary Show and Live Competitions is set to continue what it set out to do when it was started some 19 years ago. It is now recognized as the largest and longest running culinary arts show and competitions outside of Metro Manila.
It will be held at the Limketkai Center Atrium on August 12, 13, and 14, 2015. As the years have gone by, Kumbira has expanded not only in establishment entries but also to schools that offer HRM courses.
This year’s event will feature no less than:
- Live and Display Culinary Competitions for professional and student categories.
- Seminars on food, beverage, and hospitality services from recognized national and international hotel administrators, chefs, and baristas.
- Culinary trade exhibit showcasing different food products, supplies and utensils, and equipment purveyors.
- A food selling area featuring specialties from some of the city’s best establishments.
- The 4th Kumbira Moments competition for photographers and hobbyists.
On a day-to-day basis:
Day 1, Wednesday, August 12
- Buffet Table Setting with Menu Folder
- Noche Buena Platter
- Artistic Bread Showpiece
- Pineapple Dessert
- Junior Pastry and Dessert
- Latte Art Competition
- Creative Cake Decorating
Day 2, Thursday, August 13
- Chef Wars
- Dessert Buffet
- Sugba de Oro Platter with Condiments
- Plated Dessert
- Salads and Sandwiches
- Flair Bartending Tandem
- Nestle Professional Mixology Challenge
Day 3, Friday, August 14
- Nestle Professional Cagayan-on Dessert Buffet
- Del Monte Set Menu
- Awarding Ceremonies
There is an entrance fee, usually around P30-50 and that amount is definitely worth it for attending the Kumbira Festival!