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September 4, 2007 > Filipino Adobo Festival Comes to Newark

Filipino Adobo Festival Comes to Newark

By Mekala Raman

Last year, nearly 10,000 people flocked to Moose Lodge in Daly City to celebrate Filipino culture at JS Camins Productions' first Adobo Festival, which celebrated "100 years of Filipino Migration to the United States." This year, the festival has relocated to a larger site at Swiss Park in Newark, Saturday and Sunday, September 8 - 9 from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. With a large population of Filipino Americans in the Bay Area, the company hopes to draw between 10,000 and 15,000 Bay Area residents to the celebration.

Adobo, originally from the Northern Philippines, is a popular dish made by cooking pork or chicken in soy sauce, vinegar and a variety of spices including garlic, bay leaf, and black peppercorns. Vinegar helps preserve food and was often carried when traveling because it remained usable for long periods. Although basic Adobo is quite simple, each individual can vary spices to create a unique flavor. At the festival, restaurants and individual chefs will have the opportunity to showcase their Adobo masterpieces in the Adobo Cook-Off. Each dish will be judged and winners will receive a trophy and a monetary award.

The festival will include live entertainment by stars from the Philippines as well as local performers. A Kiddie-Pop Star singing contest will be held for children ages 6-10. Important companies and sponsors will be present, including the Department of Tourism from the Philippines, as well as booths showcasing arts and crafts of the Philippines. Guests will have an opportunity to enter raffles for free tickets to the Philippines and balikbayan boxes.

Last September, the festival was a successful two-day event with lots of food, entertainment, and booths. This year promises to be just as exciting with more than 35 booths, Filipino arts and crafts, 25 bands, Filipino pop stars, the first Asian senator Leland Yee, and the Adobo Cook-Off. "The festival celebrates Filipino food and music and it also showcases Filipino talents," says Camins. Mark your calendars and don't miss out on the fun!

Adobo Festival
Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Swiss Park
5911 Mowry Avenue, Newark
(650) 290-0542 or (650) 290-0875

Admission is free

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