By Jim Bea Sampaga
For its second year, Filipino Food Week goes online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosted by the Philippine Consulate General (PCG), Filipino Food Week is a week-long event from June 14 to 20 that will feature content about Filipino culture and cuisine on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Originally, the event partners with several restaurants in Hawaii that features at least one Filipino dish in their menu. According to its press release, PCG decided to “hold off the restaurant version of Filipino Food Week” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each day of Filipino Food Week will feature a theme that highlights Filipino cuisine, culture and its connection in Hawaii. Various Hawaii-based chefs will also participate online in cooking tutorials and food talks.
Those who are confirmed to join are Mely Ballocanag of Dana’s Restaurant, Bryan Gremillion, Sous Chef of Ruscello, Joey Macadangdang of Joey’s Kitchen, Lanai Tabura, Adam Tabura, Dayne Tanabe of Hilton Waikoloa Village, Bella Toland of Banyan Tree, and Tantes Urban of Tante’s Island Cuisine to name a few. The final schedule of episodes can be viewed on Filipino Food Week Hawaii’s Facebook page and Instagram (@FilipinoFoodWeekHawaii).
“By organizing the Filipino Food Week,” according to the press release. “the Consulate hopes to generate more awareness and interest among locals and restaurants to try Filipino food, learn more about the culture and heritage of the Philippines, and celebrate the diversity that makes Hawaii special.”
Here’s the list of theme days during the Filipino Food Week:
June 14: Learn about Filipino cuisine and its evolution in Hawaii. Staple ingredients in Filipino cuisine to add in your pantry to start making Filipino dishes.
June 15: Love Filipino parties? Learn about Filipino family gatherings and fiestas.
June 16: Catch cooking tutorials from Maui-based chefs.
June 17: Explore the long-standing linkages between the Philippines and the Big Island. Learn more about Philippine coffee beans with a coffee tasting notes provided by a coffee connoisseur from the Big Island.
June 18: Oahu-based chefs and home cooks will showcase their special Filipino recipes.
June 19: Restobars and breweries will share their special concoctions inspires by flavors of the Philippines.
June 20: On the last day, celebrate the bright future of Filipino cuisine in Hawaii by passing Filipino culinary traditions to the next generation.
To participate in the festivities of Filipino Food Week, follow them on Facebook (Filipino Food Week Hawaii), Instagram (@filipinofoodweekhawaii) and Youtube (Filipino Food Week Hawaii).