|Culinary showdown stage|
Secret ingredient: Pili nut
What I like about this event is that it showcases the different Filipino culinary enthusiasts whether they are amateurs or professionals. There was a cook off between the newbies and the pros. It's a multi-course cooking competition that kinda reminded me of Iron Chef where the secret ingredient is Filipino Food. Winners were: Arlene Nunez for the amateurs and Albert Rivera for the Pros.
There was also tastings from different Filipino restaurants, food trucks, food vendors, etc. The only thing I didn't like is the limited space. It was really packed inside and it's hard to move around, get your food and eat. I'm glad though that there's such events like these that highlights the Filipino cuisine and let the Bay Area people taste and enjoy it.
|Cutting up the calamansi bars (Filipino version of the lemon bars)|
Here are the photos of some of the food from the event!
|Chicken pot pie|
|"Longganisa" Chorizo tacos|
|cutting up the crispy skin|
|Lechon wrap with Hoisin garlic sauce|
|Warm Tocino Spinach salad|
|"not so crispy" chicken skin|
I fully support events like these and I wish that there would be more events that showcase the Filipino food around the bay area. I think filipino food has a lot to offer and it shouldn't be just about the lechon or fried pork bellies or the lumpias and adobo. It's a diverse fusion cuisine that needs more exploration. Looking forward to more exciting Filipino food this year.