The Labor Day long weekend got a perfect weather for hundreds of food fanatics who made their way down to Tyndall Park to fill up on all kinds of foods, desserts and drinks from local vendors.
Food Trip: Festival of Filipino Food took place Sept 2 and 3, 2017 and brought together a wide array of mouth-watering food and native desserts for all ages in one location.
While most of the participating kiosks dished out street foods on stick like “isaw” “mag wheels” “fish balls” , “hotdog” and “kwekwek”, there was plenty to munch on. There was “taho”. “sapin sapin”, lecheflan, brazo de mercedez or “sago gulaman” on the sweet side.
The ever popular arroz caldo and goto, sisig, pandesal and pansit were still a major attraction. Most of the food stalls were small-scale and new to food business and/or don’t have existing restaurants.
Organizer Lourdes Federis describes the event as “a perfect venue to discover the delectable morsels of Philippine cuisine across the regions and a chance to taste of many flavors from across the country.”
Aside from the variety of food choices, visitors were treated to two days of live entertainment with stage host Jopay Alnas.
Performers include Levi Abad, Simlle truth (Mikko De Luna) Fuzzhmado band (Aries Ocon), Cinco (Miguel Claro) Putoseko Acoustics (Manny Araullo), Ragdolls (Bernadette Atillo) and Elesi.
The event featured a cooking challenge, boodle fight, basketball and volleyball tournament, farmers’ market and educational presentations. There were also small business owners who set up booths promoting their products and services. On Sunday, crowd were encouraged to join some Zumba session.
Some stalls were more popular than the others as seen by the long line ups. Some food vendors even said they were sold out. There were vendors who were generous with “patikim” (or sample for taste test) .
Many attendees expressed satisfaction with the taste and quality of food they bought. There were some who claimed some food items were way too pricey.
Entrance to Food Trip was free. Lourdes said she will donate two thousand dollars to the Building a New Church project of St Peter’s Church.
Food Trip: Food Festival was not only a showcase of kitchen talent and skills but of creative presentation and marketing and good customer service.
While most of the stores accept only cash, it was also a challenge to keep the price at par with existing Pinoy restaurants ouside of the fair.
Hopefully, the event becomes a yearly tradition that will draw not only the Tyndall- Maples neighborhood (where a big majority of the Filipinos reside ) but will attract people from the other part of the city or province as well.
Food trip provided a great venue for local small food business owners to show off their specialties and create a good name so eventually they enter a bigger and more competitive food niche.
Hopefully, community events like Food trip can attract more of our non-Filipino friends in Manitoba so they have more knowledge and appreciation of Filipino dishes (and not just limited to the usual “pancit” or egg rolls).
The complete list of food kiosks and stalls present in the two-day event is as follows. For more information, please connect to Lourdes at firstname.lastname@example.org