Brisbane Filipino Barrio Fiesta takes place once a year in June during the celebration of the Philippines Independence Day. This year it was held in Yeronga State School and it was a wonderful day! Sun was shining, birds were singing…..(not!…just pulling your leg!). The sun was shining alright, to the delight of everybody as previous Barrio Fiesta events was always over casted with gray clouds and constant rain. I think the recession fever is gone and said bye! bye! as the crowd who attending the event was all willing to part with their money as fast as we can take them.
I took some pictures around 8:00am before the people arrive. So this pictures represents the calm before the lunch rush chaos, because by 1:00pm our stall ran out of food.
Mr. H and I dropped by the Francis M. stall, they have wonderful merchandise on offer but because our brains were blank from lack of sleep and food we were undecided what to buy. Here’s the link for Pinoy Store and they have a Face book account too, Francis M Clothing Company.
I don’t know why there’s a Persian Food Van in a Filipino Barrio Fiesta, but it’s there.
Now, I present you….our lovely stall!!! Clean, white and organised….that’s how I like it. After 3 weeks of prepping and countless hours of wrapping things, everything was gone in a couple of hours. I tried to go to the other stalls later that afternoon to buy some food but most of them were packing up. If you’re going to ask how’s the entertainment program went, sorry the day was a blur for me…all I remember was the morning mass and some talented young Filipinos who sang "a capella" during the last stages of the program.
Some of you might ask, why do I go through this annual stress and self inflicted pain ordeal….what inspired me to embark in this crazy adventure? My answer is, in one past Barrio Fiesta, I got served Dinuguan with small cubes of potatoes, and that’s what I considered blasphemy! I don’t know what cave they came from but that’s the most disgusting hybrid dish I ever tasted. Uurgghhh! just thinking about it makes me shudder from disgust :P What about Filipino Pork BBQ Stick marinated in Sweet Chilli Sauce, any takers? The main aim of Barrio Fiesta is to promote Filipino culture and food. Serving some overpriced substandard hybrid dishes is not the way to go on spreading how good our food are, it just leaves a yucky taste in the mouth and a lasting impression that Filipino cuisine is not up there with the rest of its Asian counterparts. Just to let you know, this two incidents occurred in 2 stalls a couple years back…..I’m not dissing all Filipino cooks, I just think some lost their way. I’m not an expert in cooking Filipino dishes, but the main rule of the game is stick to the main ingredients as much as possible and if you can’t, replace it with something quite similar! Just don’t loose the soul of the dish…..Gawd! Such a long explanation ! To make it short…..I felt the need to contribute towards Filipino Cuisine awareness, and hopefully in my own little way…I have made a little dent!
We hardly ate all day long and the funny thing was, at the end of the day , we have to order McDonalds for dinner!
I would like to thank all our relatives, friends and patient customers on that day for buying our goodies. My heart skips a beat from happiness every time people come back to our stall to buy some more, for me it was a form of compliment and a good indication that the food on offer was on the right track. Hopefully we can do it once again next year!