SM City Bacolod’s observance of the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Mooncake Festival, is currently underway with a variety of activities going on at the mall.
The observance, the second most important celebration on the Chinese calendar after Lunar New Year, celebrates the annual harvest moon. Believed to be at its largest and fullest point, it emerges around this time of year, which signifies the best time for bountiful harvests.
In observance of the festival, the mall is offering a bountiful feast, including a variety of Chinese and regional dishes.
The Chinese Bazaar is back and set up at the mall’s north atrium. Among the vendors participating include SM Supermarket, Sabor Ilonggo, Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli, Merzci, Ches Café, China Express, CJRS Treats, Puffy’s, Yeon, Taste of Asia, Chef Keigo, Little China, James Ham, Shanghai House, Master Siomai, Talyasi, City Lunch, Pretzi, and Tartista.
Besides plenty of mooncake, other available treats include hopia, mochi, tikoy, Hainese chicken, rice noodles with toppings, dumplings, siopao, pork floss buns, Chinese sausages and ham, butchi, various street food on a stick, fish pudding, lumpia, siomai, muah chee, Macau beef jerky, matchang and batchang, shabu-shabu, pancakes, and more.
The bazaar runs until Sunday, September 30.
Beatrize Charms is also offering various pieces, including bracelets, bangles, pendants, among other items, intended to invite good luck and harmony.
The mall has also set up a giant version of pua tiong chiu, a traditional dice game played during the observance, offering various prizes. In addition, a SM Supermarket receipt and SM Advantage Card could earn instant rewards.
The game runs until today, September 26.
The event feels like Chinese New Year all over again, with dragon and lion dances, festivities, and fireworks. Make sure to stop by SM City Bacolod and celebrate with mooncake./WDJ