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August 28, 2012 > A celebration of Filipino food and music

A celebration of Filipino food and music

Submitted By Joey Camins

Once again, the celebration of an iconic Filipino dish, Adobo, is returning for its annual visit to the Bay Area. The word, "Adobo" is the Tagalog translation of a delicious stew of marinated pork or chicken cooked with garlic, pepper, laurel leaves, and a blend of soy sauce and vinegar. Accompanied by rice, Adobo is a well-known dish in the Filipino community and gave birth to the idea of creating an Adobo Festival.

If tamales, asparagus and garlic can be the focus of festivals, why not feature Adobo at its own festival? Organizer Joey Camins created a unique, annual gathering for those who know and love Adobo and others who may be unfamiliar with the flavorful dish as well. Instead of a single location for the festival, each year it travels to different places in the Bay Area. The logo incorporates a "vinta" (a traditional Filipino boat for touring or traveling) which originated in Zamboanga City, Camins' birthplace, to represent this mobility. This year, the Adobo Festival is coming to Union City on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2 at Veterans Park in Union City.

Games and booths with exciting products and an array of mouth-watering foods await one and all. GMA Pinoy TV stars Rachelle Ann Go and Steven Silva will attend the festival and be available to "meet and greet" their fans. A highlight of the festival is the Adobo Contest, open to everyone. Contestants are asked to bring a small tray of their own home cooked original version of Adobo to compete for cash prizes and trophies. And don't forget to be creative; think about Adobo Sushi, Fish Adobo or Adobong Frog Legs! All can visit the Adobo Station to savor the best adobo in town.

Adobo is a treat for the senses but along with the sight, taste and aroma of this dish, a variety show and Kiddie Popstar Contest (ages 4 -10) will showcase the singing prowess of future superstars. For more information on how to join the Kiddie Popstar Contest, call (650) 290-4457.

A round trip ticket to Hawaii courtesy of Mango Tours and free balikbayan boxes certificates from LBC will be given away during the event.

Don't miss the 7th Annual Adobo Festival. It promises to be a fun and exciting family event with a Filipino flair... atin ito!

Adobo Festival
September 1 and 2
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Veterans Park
4525 Dyer St., Union City
(650) 290-0542

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