It seems that food parks are fast becoming the “it” thing in the food business nowadays. After all, who doesn’t want a whole lot of awesome food selection under one roof, or in this case, lot? This is especially the case for students on a budget, or for those who just simply want to go on a hassle-free food trip with their friends.
Food park pioneers in the metro, features food stalls housed in customized shipping containers and backyard picnic style dining. Other food hubs that came after used different concepts revolving around the street and market food-style of several countries around the world.
CRAZE ON FOOD PARKS
There has been quite a surge in food park openings last year alone, and the food park craze continues to grow — popping up left and right in different locations inside and even outside Metro Manila where it first became a hit.
Now, the food park phenomenon invades Pampanga!
The question is where in Pampanga can one find a place with unique offerings where food lovers can eat different flavors of the world and be treated with a wide selection of specialties conveniently situated in one place?
Here are the rising food parks in Pampanga:
MODERNO FOOD PARK
Pioneering the food park industry in Pampanga is Moderno – an alternative destination for cabalens to shift away from the ‘mall culture’ and try a different kind of food environment.
Owner, Nicole Aquino, named the food park Moderno because she wanted to inject something new and modern to Pampanga.
Moderno was made for Kapampangan locals and tourists who are in search of a good place to chill and hang-out in Pampanga.
Unlike other food parks in and out of the metro, Moderno houses three air-conditioned rooms upstairs (named Studio, Craft Room, and Workshop) that can be reserved for private functions, craft work shops, meetings, and even pop-up shops.
One of their recurring tenant that does a pop-up shop is actually a barber’s store!
Moderno has 17 stalls, all serving some of the best eats you can try in Pampanga, for an affordable price! It is located beside Smash Power Badminton Center, MacArthur Highway, Telabastagan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
MUCENO FOOD PARK
Spicing the local food scene in Angeles City is the Muceno Food Park, home to 26 unique food concessionaires that serve everything from local comfort food to international cuisines from all over the globe.
Given the discrimating tastebuds of the Kapampangan, the owner of the food park made sure to hand pick the concessionaires to so that cabalen will surely love all their offerings.
Muceno is named after the Nepomuceno family, as they owned the Nepo Mall and Nepo Quad they decided to use the word “muceno” to avoid confusion in the name and with other business ventures.
Owner Bernie Nepomuceno shares that he and his three partners have envisioned bringing the food park concept to his hometown and for his kabalens.
“We know that food parks have been a trend in Manila and it keeps booming. So we thought of bringing it here in Pampanga, particularly in Angeles City, known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Also, we all know that every Kapampangan is a foodie, so we just want to contribute to that notion,” he said.
He noted that The Muceno sets itself apart from other food parks as all the tenants were hand-picked and one-of-a-kind.
It is located at Pear Street corner Richtofen, Hensonville, Malabanias, Angeles City.
THE YARD FOOD PARK ANGELES
The Yard Food Park is the latest and newest food park in Angeles City. It opened its doors to cabalen foodies in a soft opening on Saturday April 29.
The Yard will surely captivate kapampangan diners due to its detailed interiors, think industrial with pinches of funky details. Each shop is made of old shipping cargos that were renovated.
When the evening comes around, neon light-signs pop up to make the most hilarious and Instagram-worthy quotes and statements. There are two floors and the concept is an outdoor food-park. But there’s enough to accommodate a lot of people. Concessionaires also add their own details to give personality per stall.
The tenants are a mix of some familiar names from other foodie pop-ups in the metro and some first-timers.
City Councilor Jericho Aguas, The Yard Angeles owner explains that their goal is to make The Yard a food destination that will bring family and friends together by catering to all kinds of cravings and food preferences.
“The food park culture is that you get to taste so many kinds of food and drinks in one area. It’s a great way to do a food crawl,” Aguas enthuses.
The Yard Food Park Angeles is located along Magalang-Pandan Road corner Brgy Mining Road, Angeles City.
Indeed, bringing together food, art, ambiance, and design into one big hub makes the food park phenomenon, a success!
SOURCE: Booky, Will Explore Philippines, Sunstar, Facebook