The Sarok Festival celebrates the foundation of the town of Consolacion. It is the main highlight of the celebration and features a street dancing competition among primary and secondary schools of the municipality. The Sarok Festival was first celebrated in 1996 and was initially scheduled to be held on February 14. But this was changed after a resolution was passed to make it coincide with the “Adlaw sa Consolacion” celebration or the foundation day of the town.
The term “sarok” refers to a head cover made from thin woven bamboo strips and banana leaves. It was first used by farmers in the 1920s to provide protection from the elements. The use of the sarok was necessary since the town was mainly made up of agricultural land and the main source of income of the residents is farming. Sarok-making is also a major industry in barangay Tolotolo. Most of the sarok makers live in this barangay, which is 20 minutes away from the main road.
The Miligoy de Cebu, a published Filipino folk dance from the area, served as the inspiration of the musical concept for the Sarok Festival. Attractive costumes are worn by the participants with the sarok as the main prop for their presentation. Aside from celebrating the foundation day of the town, the Sarok Festival also encourages the preservation of the history and culture of the town.