Can You Eat Without Your Sight?

Let's say we all went blind for a moment, how would we feel. For us who use them from the time we wake up to the time we sleep, it seems that we never noticed the importance of our eyes. With a lot of things going on around us, and how sight enhances our experience. The colors of the environment, the warmth of the tones and how it can also affect us emotionally and physically.

In eating, vision plays a big part with the presentation and colors of the food boosts appetite. It would be easy to say that it would not be a big deal, however to be at that situation where everything is absolutely pitch black is scary. Zoomanity Group, one of the leading companies in the park industry, recently made a unique and meaningful food event called Dinner In The Dark. These were held in various venues of Zoomanity parks and partners. I was able to attend one in Yakitori Daitoktyo in Metropolitan st., Makati.

The dinner first starts with an orientation of what is the event for and how to conduct the dinner. After that, we were then given blindfolds and led into a dark room where the tables were set. From the moment we stepped in, it was pitch black. Absolutely nothing to see, I think my claustrophobia and achluphobia kicked in when I know I can't see a thing.

There was a short talk by the blind who shared their stories about living. And they are living normal lives amidst the darkness, which is really touching while being "blind" in our situation. The instructions made it clear that no one should take off their blindfolds or pull out their phone to emit light.

Using my hand I feel for the things near me, and I felt the utensils, the plate and water. Eating was quite weird since I have to feel the utensils and the food, which would look funny in the light. But since it is dark and would like to taste the dish, it was quite a challenge. Thankfully I was able to finish all in the plate.

Indeed it was an "eye opener" experience with good food. Learning a lot in just a few minutes of darkness. If you also want to experience this, they have one more leg on November 27  at Zoocolate Thrills in Loboc Bohol.

For tickets and more information please contact the Zoomanity Group at (02) 8899824-28 (02) 8957142, 09158904728 or email