BAGUIO CITY – Coffee lovers and art enthusiast can come together and witness the various activities lined up for the week-long Coffee and Art Festival dubbed “The Art of Coffee” at the SM City Baguio on May 25-31, 2015.
Karren Nobres, SM City Baguio public relations manager, said the week-long festivities will be divided into two components, namely, an art exhibit featuring Tam-awan heritage artist Patric Palasi who will be displaying his art works made up of coffee materials and the display and selling exhibit of the mall’s 7 participating coffee and café tenants.
Palasi is a water colourist and paints with coffee as his medium, thus, he uses Benguet Arabica, Barako and Malaysian coffee to stain a canvas or paper that depicts Baguio scenes and Benguet landscapes.
Palasi will also be offering a free art class to interested and upcoming young artists on Friday, May 29, 2015.
From May 25-31, the 7 participating coffee and café tenants, Dunkin Donuts, Figaro, J.Co, Farroncino Café, Swiss Baker, SM Supermart and SM Store, will be featuring the various types of coffee they carry.
“The public will be given a coffee treat because the participating establishments will be offering round the clock free coffee to interested coffee lovers who will be visiting their booth,” Nobres stressed.
According to her, the mall management waived the exhibit fee in order to encourage more participating coffee tenants in the said week-long event.
Each of the participating tenants will be given a peg to follow for the set-up of their respective booths in order to establish uniformity.
Nobres explained that in order to entice coffee lovers and art enthusiasts to witness the festival, tenants were required to come up with a ‘coffee week special’ that they would exclusively offer for the week and price must not be more than P99.
She added the specialty of the establishments will be a special priced specialty drink, drink plus pastry combo, unlimited brewed coffee work among others that would be to the satisfaction of their patrons.
SM City Baguio wants to continuously be involved in the widespread promotion of local delicacies like food and drinks in order to establish their respective markets that will be contributory in increasing the sources of livelihood of individuals relying on the production of food and coffee as their major source of income for their families.
The coffee art exhibit will be launched on May 25 while there will be acoustic performances to be rendered by the respective bands of participating coffee and café tenants on May 30-31 in order to provide added entertainment for mall goers.
By Dexter A. See