Vigan City To Launch Longganisa Cookbook

The city government of Vigan is eyeing for the launching a cookbook this year featuring several scrumptious recipes of longganisa, the city's One-Town-One-Product (OTOP).

This was informed by Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina during the annual longganisa cookfest.

Launched in 2008, the longganisa cook fest is one of the main highlights of the annual Longganisa Festival of Vigan set every January 22.

The Vigan longganisa is a delicacy derived from the Mexican salami and is described as a small and plump native sausage during the Spanish period.

At present, more than 100 longganisa-based recipes have already been compiled by the city government ready for publication.

"We are planning to start the publication of a cookbook this year to draw more inspiration to our local chefs to become more creative in making more recipes out from our famous longganisa food product," said Medina.

"The publication of said cookbook is also our way of recognizing our schools, hotel and restaurants, and local chefs, who participated in our annual cook fest," he added.

The city mayor furthered that the conduct of the annual cookfest is aimed to make longganisa a well-known food not only at the local but also at the international level.

"Every year, we invite a foreign chef to serve as a judge in our cookfest with an aim to make our local food promoted and appreciated globally," Medina said.

He assured the high quality of the Vigan longganisa recipes as these have passed the guidelines of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What makes Vigan longganisa unique from other sausages in the Philippines is that it features ingredients which include the local sugar cane vinegar and the city's own garlic.

To ensure its quality, the city government of Vigan has provided financial support for the food packaging

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