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July 23, 2008 > Adobo Festival

Adobo Festival

A Celebration of Filipino Food and Music

Submitted By Joey Camins

The Third Annual Adobo Festival will be held in San Jose on Saturday, July 26. In 2006, a unique Filipino recipe, Adobo, was highlighted as Filipino-Americans (Fil-Am) throughout the United States celebrated "100 Years of Filipino Migration to the U.S." As part of the celebration, the Adobo Festival was endorsed by the Bay Area Fil-Am Centennial Committee, and thus became a annual event.

Although there are many Fil-Am festivals celebrated in the Bay Area, this is the only Fil-Am festival that specifically emphasizes Filipino food and music. In its first year, the festival was held on the Penninsula. Last year, Newark hosted the festival and this year it is San Jose's turn.

In addition to Adobo cook-off contests featuring restaurants and individuals, the 2008 Adobo Festival will include a Kiddie Pop Star Singing Competition for kids ages 6-11 years old, Filipino Bazaar & kiddie games, Macy's fashion show and non-stop entertainment including the boy band "Jerimiah," Don Pepot, the Philippine's funnyman and sidekick of Comedy King Dolphy.

Anybody can join the Adobo contest by bringing a full tray of their own version of the dish to the festival. A trophy and cash prizes will be given to the winners, as well as to the winners of the Kiddie Pop Star competition.. To enter the Pop Star competition, email your contact information and picture to In addition, visitors will have the chance to win a round-trip plane ticket to the Philippines and Balikbayan boxes Admission to this event is FREE.

Sponsors of this festival include Macy's, Comcast, Western Union, and Mama Sita's. For more information about this event call JSC Productions at (650) 290-0542 or (650) 290-4457.

Adobo Festival
Saturday, July 26
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Moose Lodge
1825 Mt. Pleasant Rd., San Jose
(650) 290-0542 or (650) 290-4457

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