Strawberry Festival features World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake

LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET – The Municipality of La Trinidad, Benguet and the organizers of the Strawberry Festival decided to bake the “World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake” for the second time on Sunday, March 19.

La Trinidad, Benguet bagged the title in the Guinness Book of World Records for baking the World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake weighing 9,622.24 kilograms on March 20, 2004, and serving more than 10,000 individuals.

Residents, local and foreign tourists visit the municipality every year looking forward to the giant strawberry shortcake which was not highlighted in the past strawberry festivals since 2004.

La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda on Wednesday, March 15, said the organizers are expecting to serve, at least, 16,000 individuals this year, which will be assembled, sliced and served at the Lednicky Hall of the municipal building.

Tourists and residents will be given 30 minutes to take photos of the World’s Largest Strawberry Shortcake before it is served, Salda added.

Salda said a minimal fee of PHP15 will be charged per slice of the cake to help the organizers recover from their expenses and any excess fees collected will also be used to augment other activities during the festivity.

The 36th Strawberry Festival will carry the theme, “Sustaining the Fruits of La Trinidad’s Agro-eco Tourism.”

The main features of the event include the Street Dancing Parade on Saturday, March 18; the Float Parade on Sunday, March 19; followed by the public presentation of the Strawberry Shortcake.

Other community- led events were earlier launched featuring the agricultural products of the 13 municipalities of Benguet in the Agro-Industrial Fair.

La Trinidad, being the capital town and the seat of the provincial government is the biggest producer of strawberries with more than 700 hectares of farmland at the Benguet State University (BSU).