The Dinagyang Food Festival in Iloilo, which recently earned the title of Creative City of Gastronomy, is expected to be “much bigger” in January next year.

Eric Divinagracia, artistic director of the Dinagyang Festival, said next year’s food fest will offer a selection of delectable culinary offerings.

The food fest, which will have a wider venue in the city’s downtown area, is scheduled on January 25-28, 2024.

Last January, at least 300 food businesses – mostly micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) – joined the food fest.

Tagged as the “Food Haven of the Philippines,” Iloilo was officially recognized on October 31 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a creative city. It is the first city in the Philippines to join the gastronomy category.IMT