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Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (and Food!)

October 4, 2014 @ 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM


This year, the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) comes to downtown L.A.’s Grand Park and has taken a serious food lover’s turn. So much so, in fact, that along with the requisite food booths, FPAC has set up a Culinary Arts Pavilion (CAP).

At the CAP, you can learn the basics of wrapping turón, a deep fried banana roll. There’s also a silog workshop that promises to open your eyes to the wonderful world of fried rice, fried egg, and the endless array of salty and savory protein toppings like longganisaadobotocino, bacon, and SPAM.

But for the most stout of heart, mind, and, clearly, stomach, there is the balut eating seminar. That’s right, it’s a crash course on how-to-eat balut, the famous (or infamous) Filipino boiled duck egg with a bonus fetal treat. I, for one, have had my challenges with balut, but have since overcome them (dashes of salt, pepper, and hot sauce do the trick).

And as the Earth circles the Sun, naturally, a balut seminar leads to a balut eating competition—no festival is complete without an eating contest, right? I’ve officiated and participated in many an eating competition, this balut binger is by far the most riveting.

It’s not just about gluttony. There also will be a vegetable competition as well as a lecture on “Healthifying Filipino Food.” That’s what I call a well-rounded event—almost as round as your face stuffed with balut.

The 23rd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC) is a free, family-friendly event held on October 4-5, 2014 at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.


October 4, 2014
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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