Guimaras Dragon Fruit Fest

Guimaras Dragon Fruit Fest is one of the fruit festivals in the Philippines that gives the limelight on the cultivation of dragon fruit (Stenocereus undatus). Held in the province of Guimaras, it is the first fest of dragon fruit ever conducted in Western Visayas when it was launched on September 29 to 30, 2022, a schedule that coincided with the National Tourism Week.

The fest was organized by the provincial government headed by Governor JC Rahman Nava with Agri-Tourism, Farmers, Owners, Operators Association (GATFOOA) as partner in the organizing committee.

The event was conceptualized as part of the initiative for recovery from Covid-19 pandemic. Its aims are to boost the local economy and tourism industry, expand investment opportunities, create jobs, and promote farming, production, and consumption of dragon fruit.

Dragon fruit, a native plant in Mexico and parts of the Americas, was first introduced to the archipelago by the Spaniards in the 16th century.

Activities were held on the grounds of the provincial capitol in San Miguel in the municipality of Jordan, the capital of the province. Included in its schedule were the trade fair where dragon fruits and their derived products were on display, exhibit on various culinary possibilities using the fruit as ingredient, and job fair.

How to reach Guimaras? It can be reached through sea travel from either Iloilo (Iloilo International Airport) and Negros Occidental (through Bacolod Airport). Regular ferry trips are available from Ortiz and Parola, Iloilo. On the other hand, outrigger motorized boats are plying to the town of San Lorenzo from Pulupandan and Valladolid, Negros Occidental.


Guimaras Dragon Fruit Fest Summary

NameGuimaras Dragon Fruit Fest
CelebrationDragon Fruit, Food, Fruit,
Contact(033) 581 2114
DateSeptember 30
Duration2 days
FounderJC Rahman Nava
OrganizerProvincial Government of Guimaras, Agri-Tourism, Farmers, Owners, Operators Association