Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour
Craving for a food trip?
There’s no better choice than to take a trip to the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Pampanga. Pampanga is a province immersed in rich flavors both in cuisine and heritage landmarks.
Culture Shock PH’s Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour takes you on a mouthwatering journey of food and faith, reflecting on the everyday life of the Kapampangan of years past, centered in the kitchens and places of worship.
In tune with Kapampangan customs, locals whip up a feast for every meal time! Dishes featured in the tour emanate the distinct Kapampangan palate where flavors are never hushed as ingredients are always lavishly employed. Highlighted by Spanish and Chinese influences, lunch is a banquet of sisig, adobong puti, tidtad (dinuguan), and bobotong asan (stuffed bangus dish).
In between meals, marvel at the baroque churches and heritage houses, monuments of Pampanga’s illustrious history. Through these structures, locals share their personal religious devotion and their historical Mt. Pinatubo lahar survival story. Pampanga’s artistry is also brought to light with their wall-to-ceiling hand painted church interiors and their rich wood carving tradition, which is gaining much international attention.
Capping the tour is a merienda cena of exotic dishes including betute (stuffed frogs), kamaru (fried mole crickets) and tapang kalabaw. For the less daring, there is hito sa buro’t mustasa (catfish with fermented rice and mustard leaves) and morcon, their most guarded family recipe.
Pampanga’s famous egg-based sweets, the decadent sans rival and the sticky turrones de casuy, call home at the famous family-run pasalubong stop.
Going beyond indulging the tastebuds, Culture Shock PH’s tour also provides you a behind-the-scenes look at the intricacies of food preparation, the Kapampangan way. Pampanga’s local keeper of heirloom recipes generously shares and demonstrates how their family-handed down recipes are made from scratch.
With much local interaction through Pampanga’s food, heritage, and art, we hope leave with not only a satisfied belly but also with a hungry appetite for even more Philippine culture and tradition.
You may book this trip at our Book A Trip page or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Atching Lillian Borromeo
- San Guillermo Parish, Bacolor
- Ocampo-Lansang House of Pasalubong
- Betis Crafts Showroom
- St. James the Apostle Parish/Betis Church
- Everybody’s Cafe
Duration: day trip (8-10 hours)
Package inclusions: roundtrip transportation via chartered van, meals (brunch, merienda, and merienda cena), entrance and donation fees, personalized ID, and Culture Shock PH guide.
Assembly time and place: 9:30AM at McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas
*itinerary might vary slightly per trip, depending on weather conditions or availability of certain stops/destinations on a given date