Kinulob Festival is celebrated yearly every month of April with no definite date. Kinulob is one way of cooking a chicken. It is not as popular compared to other Filipino chicken recipe, though it is not about the popularity but the flavor and the taste that it offers. The simplicity of the cooking process in stark contrast with the aroma and deliciousness is the reason why it is love by every Filipino, especially the people of Mabini, Batangas.
Chicken are cooked in different ways, like adobo, sinampalukan, tinola, inihaw, and nilaga. Yet, for the locals of Mabini, the best is the “kinulob na manok”, wherein the whole chicken is boiled in a tightly enclosed tin container over flaming charcoal, with onion, tomato, sausage, soysauce, peppercorn, and a pinch of salt.
This annual festival started in 2002 to honor and to pay tribute to the municipality’s native chicken raisers. Poultry is the main source of livelihood in the town, that's why chickens and eggs are abundant in the place.
During the festival, the residents gather together and participate in the parade, where they dress in colorful chicken-inspired costumes. In the parade, you can see a float with a dressed-up chicken cooked in kinulob way. Each barangay has a dance number to be performed in the course of events. Performers try to out-perform and outshine each other, making it more exciting for spectators.
Other events are the mini band exhibition, trade fair, food fest, cultural presentation, and the Mutya ng Mabini pageant. The proud and smiling faces of the Mabini locals can be seen everywhere. The enticing aroma and the savory taste of the kinulob chicken are all around. This is the Kinulob Festival!