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August 30, 2011 > Adobo Festival comes to Milpitas

Adobo Festival comes to Milpitas

Submitted By JSCamins Productions

An Adobo Festival? Why not!

Adobo is the Tagalog translation of a traditional Filipino dish of marinated pork cooked with garlic, pepper, laurel leaves, and a concoction of soy sauce and vinegar. This unique dish is well-known in the Filipino community and the basis for an equally unique festival not only for Filipinos, but for everyone. The Adobo Festival is a celebration for all including mainstream audiences from all walks of life.

In 2006, Joey Camins, founder and chief operating officer of the Adobo Festival, was scouting for a new office around Burlingame. When asked about vacancies, the owner of the building offices (knowing that Camins is a Filipino) said, "Oh, Filipino? Then we will get the chance to smell adobo around the building again." This gave birth to the concept of an Adobo Festival and the idea of moving it each year to different locations around the Bay Area. This is represented by the "vinta" in the Adobo Festival logo, a boat which stands for touring or traveling around. It originated in Zamboanga (South of Philippines) and was primarily used to travel from one island to another for spice trade or barter of goods and services during the Spanish occupation of the country.

Six years ago, Filipino-Americans all over the U.S. celebrated the centennial - "100 Years of Fil-Am Migration to the U.S." As part of the celebration, the Adobo Festival was unanimously endorsed by the Bay Area Fil-Am Centennial Committee, officially becoming an annual event. It started on the Peninsula, reaching the East and South Bay, then on to Stockton and Sacramento, Vallejo this past July, and now, this weekend, September 3 and 4, at the Milpitas Sports Complex.

Adobo takes center stage, but will share the limelight with a variety of fun and exciting activities. Anybody can join the Adobo contest; just bring a small tray of your own cooked original version of adobo and you might be the lucky one who wins cash prizes and trophies. Different variations will be served at the Adobo Station. An Adobo Variety Show will warm-up the senses of festival aficionados. And don't forget the Kiddie Popstar Contest (ages 4 -10) for all lovable tykes to showcase their singing prowess. For more information on how to join the Kiddie Popstar Contest, call (650) 290-4457.

Non-stop live entertainment from local talent will liven up the festivities, and surprise guest stars from GMA TV and GMA Life TV will be present. A "Meet and Greet" with these stars should not be missed by fans. The Adobo Festival features games, freebies, booths with exciting products, and an array of mouth-watering foods. Famous for their hospitality, the Adobo Festival is truly Filipino, Atin ito!

Adobo Festival
Saturday, Sep 3 and Sunday, Sep 4
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Milpitas Sports Complex
1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(650) 290-0542
(650) 290-4457

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