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Food lovers in the got a taste of Philippine culture through a Filipino food festival held on March 9-10, 2019 at the Kürschnergasse 2, 1210 Vienna.
As participants slowly filtered into the event venue, they were greeted by various stalls of vendors paying a tribute to their Filipino heritage through their food offerings.
Elicson Oliva, main organizer of the two days event hopes that the Filipino and Austrian communities will take this opportunity to sample Filipino cuisine, which is a melting pot of flavors — of both East and West.
Oliva likewise describes the event as “a perfect venue to discover the delectable morsels of Philippine cuisine across the regions and a chance to taste of many flavors from across the country.”
„It is also a chance for our „kababayans“ here in Austria to try the food that they have been missing. Through this Filipino Food Festival, we want to bring the community together and unify the ages, the generations and just celebrate. This is an event for the for the Filipinos and for the international community ,“ Oliva shared.
Oliva encouraged his kababayans to support the food festival and his other future projects .
Both Pinoys and foreign guests in attendance sampled favorite Filipino dishes such as kare kare, kaldereta, sisig, chicken piaparan, lumpiang hubad, and prawn sinigang. Desserts such as turon na munggo, palitaw, and halo-halo were also very popular throughout the evening.
Most of the food stalls, who participated during the Food Festival were small-scale and new to food business and/or don’t have existing restaurants.
Some stalls were more popular than the others as seen by the long line ups. Some food vendors even said they were sold out. There were vendors who were generous with “patikim” (or sample for taste test) .
Many attendees expressed satisfaction with the taste and quality of food they bought.
Ericson Oliva hopes that the event becomes a yearly tradition that will draw not only the Filipinos in Vienna but will also attract people from the other part of the city or province as well.
Food Festival provided a great venue for local small food business owners to show off their specialties and create a good name so eventually they enter a bigger and more competitive food niche.
The organizer is also hopeful that such event can attract more of our non-Filipino friends in Austria so they have more knowledge and appreciation of Filipino dishes.
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