The Empanada Festival of Batac was created to showcase the city's famous delicacy, the Batac Empanada. Celebrating its eighth charter day on June 23, the City of Batac will again host the annual Empanada Festival highlighted by the Street Dance Competition. Participating are students clad in colorful costumes of bright yellow, warm orange, brown and green, and dancing to the upbeat tune of Ciudad ti Batac.
After watching the street dance competition, it's time for a culinary feast at the Batac Riverside Empanadaan housing a number of vendors serving freshly cooked Batac Empanada to both locals and visitors.
For first timers, there are two main types of empanada: the ordinary empanada (P35.00) contains grated green papaya, monggo and whole egg; while the special empanada (P40.00) has chopped Batac longganisa as an added filling. You can also customize your empanada based on your taste and appetite. You can have it with double egg or no egg, or with extra longganisa filling.
We personally prefer Batac Empanada because of its savory flavor coming from the Batac longganisa filling. The wrapper is also thicker and chewier and is less oily. A serving of empanada is also bigger and more filling. We enjoy eating our Batac empanada with sukang iloko.
How to Get to Batac City
Several airlines serve daily flights to Laoag from Manila. From Laoag, you can take a bus bound for Manila or Baguio and tell the conductor to drop you off at Batac Crossing. If you are coming from Manila, Baguio or Vigan by bus, take a Laoag-bound bus and tell the conductor to drop you off at Batac Crossing. From the Batac Crossing intersection, look for a Batac City tricycle (not the Paoay tricycle) and tell the driver to bring you to the empanadaan.
Where to Stay
We recommend that you stay in Laoag City. Balay da Blas Pensionne House is a 13-room bed & breakfast located in Laoag which offers affordable and quality accommodation.