Savor the Filipino Food Flavors at Eastwood Mall Food Festival
Summer just got better with this 2-day event that took place in one of our favorite chill out malls, Eastwood Mall. This event is Savor the Flavors, it is part of the Department of Tourism’s Flavors of the Philippines festivals, which complements the Madrid Fusion Manila event.
Pinoy cuisine takes the spotlight: All-time favorite treats for the hungry Juans
The festival became an amazing platform to be proud of our very own delicacies since it featured a wide variety of regional Filipino foods for consumption. Mall goers, foodies or anyone who happen to pass by had the chance to satisfy their appetites because of the different food stands available like Ilocos Empanada, Manang Joy and Victoria Empanada; hopia and home-cooked Filipino meals from Mrs. Po and many more. Who wouldn’t love the Filipino ever famous classics, served also at the festival are balut, itlog na maalat and flavored taho.
Cravings for kakanin and native sweets definitely were also satisfied from various selections that were offered. Guests had the chance to choose among cakes, bars, and leche flan from Piper’s Fan and MedChef; rice cakes and tarts from Medie’s Kakanin and Amira’s Buco Tart haus; puto Bian and sapin sapin from Armi’s Native Delicacies, puto Calasiao and Ilocos bibingka from Pinay De Cena; healthy ice pops from Picolep; toasted pastillas from Taste and See, and definitely a lot more. Coco Vida and Aloha Drinks will also be there to quench thirsts with their coconut and native juice drinks.
Servings of Filipino pulutan specialties were also made available by local chefs at the Pulutan Pavillion. Guests took their favorite picks from assorted sisig from Concoctions; lechon belly from Chef Rene; sausages from Big J; grilled seafood from Tuna Town and Aloha Grill; grilled staples from Larisa’s Grill, Ferdie’s Grill and Mamay’s Grill; longanisa from Juan Longanisa; Cebu chicharon from Maexel and many more.
The Filipino kind of fun never stops: Food Jeepneys, Pinoy Palaro and more
The venue was a tapestry at a glance, very festive in a way because of the many decorations and eye catching displays that heightened the fun in the atmosphere. Festival goers had the amazing chance to witness the finalists from the Resorts World Manila’s Pinoy jeepney art competition and these transformed into food jeepneys to serve Filipino favorite comfort foods. There was also a number of colorful Higantes that were on display for great photo opportunities.
Biyaheng Bituin Finalist
Guests also had the chance to tap again to the inner kid in them and enjoy the Pabitin, Palayok and other festival games lined up during the day. There were also workshops and cooking demonstrations by famed local chefs during the two-day event from which they will be able to explore unique local and indigenous ingredients and dishes.
The Author riding a Jeep during the Eastwood Food Festival
As a spectacular add up to the festival, there were also performances from Banda Kawayan (April 18 & 19, 5:00 pm; UP Singing Ambassadors (April 18, 7:00pm); and the Philippine Madrigal Singers (April 19, 7:00 pm. Plus, live folk dance and music by cultural dancers from Angono, Rizal.