The Philippine Harvest Trade Fair, an initiative of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in partnership with Stores Specialists, Inc., has gone online starting Apr. 22. 

Now in its second year, the expo will utilize the food producers’ social media accounts and will also allow straight-to-home deliveries via GrabExpress and Lalamove.

According to DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Philippine Harvest aims to make local food products accessible and sustainable for Filipino consumers as well as to support small-scale farmers and micro, small and medium enterprises.

“The participation of featured merchants is free of charge and intends to soften the economic impact of COVID-19 on local food and farm producers whose operations were affected by the pandemic. It is also a way of promoting local cuisine and ingredients amidst the quarantine period,” Romulo-Puyat says. 

The online trade fair highlights 27 local food producers under the following categories: fruits and vegetables, beverages, grains, honey products, condiments, coffee beans, specialty products, hearty meals, snacks and sweets, vegan options and seafood.

Some participating merchants include Costales Nature Farm, Casa Del Fomaggio, Mama Sita’s, Happy Concept Group, and Jack’s Produce. Specific products offered, contact details, and delivery areas are available here.