Aside from the lechon, Talisay City is also known for being the landing site of the Americans near the end of World War 2. But, long before the Americans defeated the Japanese, the city was once a part of the estate of the Augustinians during the Spanish period. It became a municipality in 1849 and was the center of guerilla operations in Cebu during the Second World War.
The lechon making industry of Talisay City goes back six decades. It is considered as the lechon capital of Cebu, but Carcar City may have something to say about this. Despite this, the lechon or inasal of Talisay City is considered among the best in Cebu, if not, the whole country. It is characterized by a rather crunchy skin and sumptuous meat. The mouthwatering flavor of the lechon of Talisay City comes from the herbs and spices lechon makers stuff on the pig before it is cooked.
The Inasal Festival was established as part of the efforts of the first mayor of the city, Eddie Gullas, to promote the city. While the festival was conceptualized when the city was established in 2001, the first Inasal Festival was only celebrated four years after. While the Talisay lechon is highlighted during the festival, it is also celebrated in honor of the patron saint of the city, Sta. Teresa de Avila. The festival is one way to uplift the lechon-making industry of the city. It is also a starting point in uncovering the cultural identity of the city.