KULTURA is a 5 day festival that celebrates Filipino arts and culture. Check it out to see Toronto-designed, Philippine-made fashion, a street eats competition, musicians, traditional dance troupes, DJs on the KULTURA LIVE! Stage, a community art exhibit and more.
Of course, my favourite part is the food. KULTURA is the first Filipino festival to highlight Philippine culinary arts! Food is very important in Filipino culture.
“Food is central to EVERYTHING in Filipino culture, in the homeland and here in Canada”, says Caroline Mangosing, the executive director of Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture. “We literally relate to each other through food. Whether it is a quick visit with a friend, a business meeting, or a wake, food is served and eaten (even if you are not hungry!). When you visit someone’s house, you will be asked if you would like to eat, or you will be forced to eat! And if you come bringing bad news, you ought to bring food as offering.”
Here are some of my favourite food events at the festival:
Ilustrados on Thursday Aug. 8th:
Ilustrados is meant to bring Filipinos working in Toronto’s vibrant restaurant industry together to cook and celebrate their food. This year,
Lamesa Filipino Kitchen is spotlighting the next generation of Filipino chefs, all under the age of 25. The featured young chefs for this special night will be collaborating on an epic 12-course dinner! Featured Chefs include:Danny Cancino – Lamesa, Jorrel Claudio – The Food Dudes
Joaquin Cruz – Hudson, Kevin Diaz – Lamesa, Joesh Dy – Raw Bar and Julian Ochangco – Union.
Tickets are $60, and some featured dishes are Ube Cake, Ginataan Manok Devilled Egg and Kaldareta Roti.
Find out more here.
Philippine Culinary Competition (PCC) (Sunday. Aug. 11)
The Culinary Festival is part of the grand finale at Artscape Wychwood Barns. This competition is back for a second year, with the theme: Kain Kalye: Filipino Street Eats. The best chefs in the city will work hard to create their own unique take on Filipino street food.
Of course, there is a lot more than just food going on here! Festival goers will be able to enjoy live music, dance performances and more on the KULTURA Live! Stage. They can also shop at the KULTURA Marketplace! To find out more, click here!
The KULTURA Festival is at Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St on Sunday Aug 10th, 12pm – 7pm. The entire festival runs from Aug. 7th to 11th, and is held at various locations inToronto.