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Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival: SM City Bacolod x Manokan Country

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After a 4-year hiatus, Bacolod City in Negros Occidental, Philippines once again celebrates its signature dish, the chicken inasal. Rebranded from the Manokan Country Inasal Festival, the Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival brings together vendors-restaurants in designated spots for food, music, and entertainment from May 26-28. The event had a fun-filled opening on May 26 at the SM City Bacolod north transport hub. Read more.

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Opening of the Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival at SM City Bacolod and Manokan Country. ~

The Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival 2023

The most popular convergence of chicken inasal vendors in Bacolod City is found in the Manokan Country, which is right across SM City Bacolod. With hundreds of locals and visitors already making inasal hotspot the place to dine every day, the Festival itself is expected to draw in even bigger flocks of diners, all eager to get their fill of the cityโ€™s famous grilled chicken.

For your ultimate Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival experience, check out these aweSM events at SM City Bacolod and Manokan Country!

All Day, Everyday: Enjoy food feasts, desserts, and music 

Hello, pecho, paa, pakpak, isol, atay, and more! Thereโ€™s always something delicious to eat and drink at the Bacolod Best Food, Dessert, and Music Festival! The vibe is fun, the chicken inasal is a-plenty, and local delicacies and pasalubong will satisfy your sweet cravings. SM Transport Hub and Manokan Grounds, May 26 to 28.

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The longest line for delicious delicacies

Desserts, you say? But, of course! Your Bacolod experience should include not only chicken inasal, but its equally famous piaya.

Hey, guess what, piaya is also cooked off a grill! Merzci, a top Bacolod pasalubong producer, takes the helm at the piaya station where you can catch some piaya flipping in action. Even better, fall in line for some hot-off-the-grill piaya and savor the oozing sweetness of this muscovado-filled snack that comes in plain and ube flavors. They made the longest line for piaya! SM Transport Hub, May 26, 12NN.ย 

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Ceremonial piaya flipping at the Merzci Pasalubong booth at SM City Bacolod. Pictured here are L-R: Influencer Adam of Kalinti by TBON; Councilor Jason Villarosa; George Jardiolin – Regional Operations Manager, Visayas, SM Supermalls; Bacolod City Tourism Officer Teresa Manalili, Councilor Celia Flor, Councilor Em Ang, and Kristin Yap Regional Marketing Manager, Visayas, SM Supermalls. ~

Chicken Insasal cook-off competition

Itโ€™s a hot battle at the grills! Chicken inasal grillers from different barangays will face it off at the Cook-Off Competition for a chance for their chicken inasal recipe to be recognized as the best! You can cheer them on! Experience the vibe of smoky, aroma-filled air and grills laden with inasal, lots of it. Manokan Country, May 27, 4PM.ย 

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Bacolod influencers Lexplorations PH, Aki Reality, Kalinti by TBON, and Manang Reiann. ~

Celebrate the best on inasal at the awards night

Bacolod Mayor Albee Benitez, Councilor Celia Flor, and other officials will honor the cityโ€™s entrepreneurs and award winners at the various competitions at the Chicken Inasal Awards Night. It is a celebration for the people of Bacolod, who have been instrumental in pushing chicken inasal as the best grilled chicken in the country and a top dish in the world. SM City Bacolod Main Atrium, May 27, 5PM.

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Naglalaway ka na ba? More Bacolod chicken inasal servings with garlic rice, chicken oil, and sawsawan! ~

Vote and share your favorite Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival vlog

#TakeMeToManokanCountryAtSMCityBacolod is the byword at this Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival! Vloggers hit their digital spaces with stories of their foodie experiences with chicken inasal at SM City Bacolodโ€™s tenants and at the famous Manokan Country.

Like, heart, share, engage and help your favorite vlogger take the top spot. Prizes up for grabs are SM Gift Certificates: Champion, P30,000; first runner up, P20,000; and, second runner up, P10,000. Thatโ€™s worth a lot of chicken inasal more to feast on!ย 

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Bacolod City is home to the MassKara Festival and Bacolod chicken inasal. This was taken during the opening of the Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival at SM City Bacolod. ~

SMAC it and get 10% off on great finds

Whatโ€™s a festival without a sale? The SM Storeโ€™s SMAC Sale is a much-awaited event, too! Major discounts abound on many great finds at the store that has it all. But wait, thereโ€™s more! With your SM Advantage Card (SMAC), get 10% extra. Howโ€™s that for a festival? SMAC Sale, May 26 to 31.

Whether you are just visiting the City of Smiles or a true-blue Bacolodnon, enjoy the festivities best at the cityโ€™s ultimate destination: SM City Bacolod and Manokan Country. Enjoy the Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival because it is back with a vengeance! Kaon โ€˜ta inasal! Unli-rice na this!

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