Delicious Filipino cuisine will be showcased in several creative ways at the Nineteenth Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival

From Adobo to Balut, Pistahan Celebrates Many Flavors of Filipino Cuisine with Contests and Food Vendors

SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2012 - Delicious Filipino cuisine will be showcased in several creative ways with a Pistahan Adobo Cookoff, Ramar Food's Purple Freeze ice cream eating contest, Mama Sita's Balut Eating Contest, and Heavenly Ice Cream Tasting Bee, a blind tasting ice cream contest, all at the Ramar Foods Culinary Pavilion at the Pistahan Parade and Festival - the largest Filipino celebration outside of the Philippines on August 11 and 12, 2012 at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. The public is invited to participate in any of these contests and can sign up online at


In the 8th Annual Pistahan Adobo Cookoff, chefs will face off to create the best adobo dish in two categories - traditional and fusion. 

"You cannot separate Filipino culture and delicious food," said Al Perez, President of the Filipino American Arts Exposition which organizes the Pistahan Parade and Festival. "Everyone is excited to see what new creations the chefs will think of this year."

Creativity will be a key to success for the winning chef. 

In partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco and Philippine Department of Tourism, the Festival will also host a qualifying round for amateur and professional chefs for the popular Kulinarya: A Filipino Culinary Showdown on Sunday August 12 from 11 am to 2pm at the City View Room of the Metreon in San Francisco, which festival goers are welcome to attend. The finals will take place in December.

"Last year's cook-off was one of the most thrilling events I have ever been to," dishes Joanne Boston, self-confessed food fanatic and avid food blogger. "Being one of the judges was an honor and it was such fun to talk with the chefs."

The festival also features the return of the annual popular Balut Eating Contest which the public competes to see who can gobble down the fertilized duck embryo the fastest. 

"We are excited to be working with Pistahan to help push the Filipino food movement forward," said PJ Quesada, third generation owner of Ramar Foods

For those with a sweet tooth, there will also be an Ice Cream Eating Challenge featuring local Filipino-made Heavenly Ice Cream. Expect to see flavors like Ube, Lanca and Macapuno to see how well the public can identify their flavors. The ice cream, a creation of local Filipino entrepreneur Ben Acorda, is popular in the Bay Area and can be found at stores such as Goldilocks and other Asian food stores.

"I use the finest food ingredients," Acorda says. "It's handmade, as opposed to commercial. A lot of love and care."

For foodies, lumpiapancitsisig, and more will all be for sale in the food court by local restaurants who will feature their regional specialty cuisine. Food trucks including: Rice RockitRita's CateringNaked Chorizo, and Senor Sisig will also be on site.

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the food contests, visit and click on the link that says "Sign up to enter the Culinary Pavilion Contests." 



Nineteenth Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival
International Celebration of Filipino Culture and Cuisine 



Yerba Buena Gardens 
Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets
San Francisco, CA


Saturday and Sunday, Aug 11-12, 2012
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.



For general information about the 19th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival, contact:

Genevieve Jopanda, Pistahan Festival Director
(510) 825-9530 or
(415) 625-EXPO (3975)  


*Main Image: Mama Sita's Balut Eating Contest participants. Photo courtesy of Pistahan.