July 16, 2010 > Adobo Festival, a cultural celebration
Adobo Festival, a cultural celebration
By Julie Grabowski
Union City welcomes an explosion of Filipino culture this weekend. The 5th Annual Adobo Festival offers a multitude of sounds, tastes, and textures, with tastes at the top of the bill.
"Once you mention adobo, it only creates one idea," says festival founder Joey Camins of JS Camins Productions. The festival takes its name from the traditional staple dish that symbolizes Filipino culture. Adobo is a Spanish word meaning sauce or marinade, the base of which is comprised of vinegar, garlic, and soy sauce. Pork and chicken are the typical meats used in the marinade, but substitutions abound, including beef, lamb, squid, quail, and catfish. Several varieties will be offered at the festival through the Adobo Cook-Off contest, where people are challenged to bring their own unique blend of spices and ingredients to make adobo magic.
The free festival is packed with non-stop entertainment including live music from 25 bands, a Beauty Pageant, Kiddie Pop Star Competition, and an appearance by popular Filipino singer, actress, and television host Jolina Magdangal. Approximately 50 arts and crafts vendors will also be on site, selling clothes, books, flags, t-shirts, and other items representative of Filipino heritage.
Attendees can play games, collect freebies, and enter to win free airline tickets to the Philippines and Hawaii, or free balikbayan boxes which are special shipping boxes filled with small gifts for friends and family from travelers returning to the Philippines.
"We're trying to create community among the Filipinos," says Camins but adds that the festival is not exclusive and readily welcomes all ethnicities. Whether celebrating your own culture or discovering another, the Adobo Festival is sure to spice up your weekend.
Saturday & Sunday, July 17 & 18
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1333 Decoto Road, Union City