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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.

Pampanga Food Tour Trip

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.

Cooking Demonstration Pampanga Philippines

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).

Pampanga Food Philippines

Pampanga Food Philippines

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.

Church Half Buried Pinatubo Lahar Baroque Pampanga Philippines

Cultural Treasure Church Philippines Heritage

Fondly called the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines”

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.

Exotic Cuisine Food Pampanga Crickets Kamaru

Stuffed Frog Betute Pampanga Exotic Food Cuisine Philippines

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

1. Breakfast Buffet and Cooking Demonstration with local celebrity cook
2. Half-buried Church in Lahar
3. Betis Woodcarving and Furnitures Showroom
4. Church known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines”
5. Everybody’s Cafe’s famous Morcon and exotic cuisine such as betute and kamaru

1. Roundtrip transportation via chartered van
2. Meals (brunch, merienda, and merienda cena)
3. Entrance and donation fees
4. Personalized ID
5. Culture Shock PH guide

PRICE: Php2400/head
ASSEMBLY PLACE: McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas
DURATION: 8-10 hours

You may book this trip at our Book A Trip page or by emailing us at

*itinerary might vary slightly per trip, depending on weather conditions or availability of certain stops/destinations on a given date

Leave a comment


  1. Wonderful write-up! A bit of a correction though. Santa Rita de Cascia Parish is the oldest parish in the Philippines named after our patron saint. There are a lot of other parishes which are way older.

  2. Wonderful write-up!

    A bit of a correction though. Santa Rita De Cascia Parish is the oldest in the Philippines named after its patron saint. There are other parishes which are much older.

  3. Evelyn

     /  May 29, 2012

    If you ever hold this culinary tour in December when I’ll be on vacation in the PHL, I would love to join you. I’ll follow your blog for future similar trips.

    • Thanks Evelyn!

      As of now we have yet to finalize our schedule for the rest of the year. But we look forward to meeting you when you come here in December 🙂

  4. this looks interesting… how many people do you usually take per tour? this is different from the OAP tours, right?

    • Hi kayenneso!

      The number of participants per group varies, but they can range from 10-24. It can be bigger than that but it really depends on how many people sign up.

      By OAP do you mean Our Awesome Planet? We are a separate group from them. We’re a fairly young travel group and we focus on Filipino culture & heritage tours.

      If you have an adventurous taste bud and a heart for Pinoy culture, you will love this trip! The next Pampanga Food & Heritage tour is on July 7! 🙂

  5. Hi cultureshockph!

    My name is Louie Sison, owner of – a local yellow page/classified ads site for pampanga. I would like to thank you for featuring some of our province’s great heritage on our tour package. If you would like to add your details in our directory, you can submit your entry in this link:

    All the best in your endeavor!
    Louie Sison

    • We are huge fans of Pampanga! In fact, we will be going there this Saturday, September 15! Thanks for the offer Louie! We’d love to be included in your directory 🙂 God bless!

  6. Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan

     /  January 3, 2013

    Hi! I have some balikbayan relatives and we’d like to take them on your tour (sounds wonderful by the way!!)…but it’s gotta be this January 12th, Saturday – next saturday. So far, there are 7 of us. Might be a bit more.

  7. Maj

     /  January 28, 2013

    What days are your tours and how much is it? Thanks

    • Hi Maj!

      Our next Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour will be on February 23, 2013. The new package is P2,400.00/head. As mentioned above, it is inclusive of roundtrip transportation via chartered van, meals (lunch, merienda, and dinner), entrance and donation fees, personalized ID, and Culture Shock PH guide.

      Would you like us to reserve a slot for you? 🙂

  8. Hi! was wondering if you have a tour scheduled on May 12 (Sunday)? for 2 persons only. Thanks.

  9. Gio

     /  June 19, 2013

    Do you have any trip this coming July 5 , 2013?

  10. Hi….I’m very much interested to join this Pampanga tour. Do you have one scheduled for the week of Aug 25-29, 2013?



    • Hi Ricky!

      At the moment, we have not scheduled any tours from August 25 to 29. If you really want to go on a Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour, we would be glad to arrange a private trip for you. Better if you have a group so you can have a good rate 🙂

      Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!

  11. Thanks for the reply. Will sleep on it 🙂

  12. I’ll right away snatch your rss feed as I can’t to find
    your e-mail subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service.

    Do you have any? Please allow me understand in order that I
    may just subscribe. Thanks.

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