Every August, the Dabawenyo community comes together for the annual Kadayawan Festival, where we honor the unique cultures of our indigenous peoples, give thanks for nature’s bountiful harvests, and celebrate the life we’ve been blessed with.

Not surprisingly, out-of-town guests and balikbayans look forward to this festive season. For your welcome feast, we’ve compiled a few delicious recipes that creatively make use of the fresh produce in our markets:

Appetizers

Pomelo Salad with Chile, Lime, Peanuts, and Coconut. Photo by bonappetit.com.

Pomelo Salad with Chile, Lime, Peanuts, and Coconut. Photo by bonappetit.com.

Everyone will love this salad recipe—yes, even those who swear they hate salads. The bright, fresh taste of pomelo, and the variety of textures and flavors in this dish start your meal off on a high-note.

Honey, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Crostini. Photo by thewanderlustkitchen.com.

Honey, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Crostini. Photo by thewanderlustkitchen.com.

This super simple recipe is all about balancing flavors: you get sweetness from the sticky honey, earthy notes from the walnuts, and delicate creaminess from the goat cheese. For a varied selection of artisanal cheeses, we recommend Malagos Farmhouse.

Entrée

Tiki Ribs with Pineapple Pickles. Photo by foodandwine.com.

Tiki Ribs with Pineapple Pickles. Photo by foodandwine.com.

This finger-lickin’ recipe for savory-sweet ribs highlights everything we love about Kadayawan season: the inviting colors, the use of fresh tropical fruits, and the unexpected flavors that make each forkful a delight.

Tuna Burger with Zingy Lemon and Herbs. Photo by jamieoliver.com.

Tuna Burger with Zingy Lemon and Herbs. Photo by jamieoliver.com.

Davao is known for having some of the freshest seafood in the country and this recipe for tuna burgers offers something guilt-free but full of meaty goodness.

Dessert

Pandan Bombe Alaska with Durian & Coconut Ice Cream. Photo by eatshowandtell.com.

Pandan Bombe Alaska with Durian & Coconut Ice Cream. Photo by eatshowandtell.com.

For a dessert that’s sure to impress, go for this Bombe Alaska. This meringue-covered dessert features a delicious durian and coconut ice cream center that’s layered between thick brown-butter pound cake. We especially love how the blow-torched meringue spikes make it look just like the King of Fruits!

Churro Banana Bites. Photo by delish.com.

Churro Banana Bites. Photo by delish.com.

These churro banana bites are a fuss-free dessert option that marries so many of our favorite things: caramelized sugar, fresh bananas, and cinnamon spice. For balance, opt for dark chocolate instead of milk for your dipping sauce.

Drinks

Mangosteen Cocktail. Photo by blog.seasonwithspice.com.

Mangosteen Cocktail. Photo by blog.seasonwithspice.com.

Tropical fruits provide a wealth of inspiration for refreshing cocktails, and this one is no exception. For a virgin option, skip the vodka and combine the juicy mangosteen pulp with ginger ale for a sweet, tangy, and fizzy drink.

Civet Coffee. Photo by pbs.org.

Civet Coffee. Photo by pbs.org.

To round out a super filling meal, serve your guests after-dinner coffee. Give them a treat by choosing civet, widely considered to be the world’s most expensive. Head over to Mt. Apo Coffee to get a batch of some of Davao’s finest grounds.

  

We hope this guide proves helpful to you in entertaining your guests during this beloved Dabawenyo holiday. May the celebrations never end!

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