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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Eat Filipino Food at Pistahan Festival This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge Chicken adobo with rice
  • Chicken adobo with rice

18th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival

When: Saturday, Aug. 13-Sunday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Yerba Buena Gardens

Cost: Free

Hungry? Head to the Pistahan Parade and Festival at the Yerba Buena Gardens this weekend for Filipino jazz, dance, arts, and, of course, food.

Get hungry now, because the festival will have an adobo cook-off and a balut-eating contest. For the uninitiated, balut is fertilized duck egg, eaten after being boiled. Adobo is a lot easier to take for newbies: it's meat (usually pork or chicken) marinated in a vinegar-garlic sauce and simmered. You could also try your luck in the longaniza (sausage) eating contest instead.

This year is the festival's 18th. In addition to food (and lots of it), the event will feature a Saturday parade down Market Street from Beale to Fourth streets, artworks by Filipino artists, a collection of historical Filipino artifacts, and folk dance performances. The event is hosted by the Filipino American Arts Exposition. More details are here. Enjoy.

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