The Tilaw Food Festival is held annually in Surigao City. The Tilaw Food Festival showcases the Surigaonon culinary heritage through food fairs and competitions designed to upgrade the city’s food and beverage industry. Tilaw means taste. One of the most-awaited activities of this gastronomic affair is the Cooking Contest which brings together the best of the bests cooks of the region to create new dishes or versions of their native specialties. The City Government through their Tourism Office encourages Surigaonons to discover new cuisines that they can call their own. Some of the latest brands they have are the Pan de Nicolas (biscuit similar to otap or browas) and “STK” (sugba-tula-kilaw) or grill-soup-sushi. Students also have opportunities to show their skills and talents on different competitions on bartending and cocktail, table-setting, skirting and other restaurant basic services. The Tilaw Food Festival is a three day festival held every August.