Taste of Manila, the largest street food festival outside of the Philippines, is all set to showcase Filipino streetfood in Canada.
Linofiel Eroma, chair of Philippine Legacy and Cultural Alliance (PLACA) and Taste of Manila organizer, said that the 2-day event would allow the Filipinos in Canada to be united and to reconnect with their roots and heritage.
“(Taste of Manila) is one of the strongest ways to unite Filipinos to our fiestas back in the Philippines. The main takeaway of attendees and participants is a tasteful experience of Filipino culture, food, entertainment and our world-renowned hospitality. It’s an event that brings out Filipino heritage for everyone in Canada to appreciate and savor,” Eroma said. Earlier this year, Canada’s schools also started offering Filipino language and culture studies.
Taste of Manila started in 2014 at the corner of Bathurst and Wilson avenues which is considered as the center of Filipino community in Toronto. Taste of Manila organizers aimed to introduce authentic Filipino dishes and culture to Canadians and expected to get 5,000 attendees. Instead, 75,000 showed up and took part in the food festival.
In 2016, the festival attendees went up to an astounding 350,000. No less than Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined the celebration and tried cooking traditional Filipino barbecue. Other dignitaries such as thr Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory have also graced the event.
The two-day festival is expected to be filled once again with Filipino delicacies such as sisig, barbecue, pancit, halo-halo and more. Stage performances, Pinoy street games, and art exhibits are some of the other events completing the food fair.
Taste of Manila will be held on August 17 and 18 at Little Manila in North York, Greater Toronto Area.
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