My family attended "A Taste of Home" at the Filipino Community Centre in Petone last weekend. It's an event showcasing Filipino food and culture. But to be honest, we were actually more interested in seeing MasterChef runner up Leo Fernandez in action!
There were of course, a wide assortment of Filipino food for sale. What would a Filipino event be without food?!
Sisig - crispy, spicy bits of pork meat, ears, skin, usually served on a hot plate with a raw egg on top. I love this dish, though I do need to ease up on the pork dishes...
Lechon - roasted suckling pig. This one sold out quickly!
I love rice cakes, and the Philippines has a wide variety. It's one of the top things on my 'to-eat' list whenever we go on a holiday to the Philippines.
More food than I can handle in one sitting...
There's the famous Adobo! This time with coconut milk
and fresh lumpia (spring rolls)
For the sweet tooth, how about some Polvoron...
There were also some local entertainment showcasing Filipino talents!
This is traditionally danced with candles inside the glasses, one for each hand and on the head (called Pandango sa Ilaw). This time around, they replaced the lit candle with water. It takes skill and balance to perform this!
There was (tap) dancing...
... and singing!
Guests were also treated to traditional dancing from the Cook Islands!
And, as a special treat. we got to see Leo Fernandez in action!
Too bad I don't have a photo with him!
At any rate, it was a fun event. Looking forward to more activities like this in the future!