PAFC, in collaboration with Kaliwa restaurant, Mindset Communities, and the greater Filipino American community hosted the first-ever Taste the Philippines DC Filipino Food Festival held at the District Wharf on 22 June 2019.
More than 10,000 visitors gathered at the District Wharf to try out unique Filipino dishes catered by various Filipino restaurants, tabling organizations, and vendors from all around the DMV area.
In addition to the excellent line up of Philippine cuisine, cultural presentations and musical performances by YO-YO Inc., SNRG, Mabuhay Inc., Aira Renee Curameng, Pinaktay Arnis, SUAV, and the Migrant Heritage Fil-Am Dance Ensemble provided outstanding entertainment to the audience.
“The success of the first-ever Taste the Philippines DC Filipino Food Festival and the overwhelming reception for Filipino food and food products is proof that Philippine cuisine is slowly making a name in the US mainstream. We are delighted to introduce and showcase our very own coconut products in this event,” said Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez.
For PAFC, Taste the Philippines marks the very reason for our organization's existence. Originally known as the "Philippine Independence Day Committee", PAFC and the greater Filipino American Community in DC came together each year to put on the annual Philippine Independence Day celebrations, including an annual parade down Pennsylvania Avenue!
Decades later, we continue to harness this spirit of bayanihan (community building) in every event, initiative, and interaction. And this year we are thrilled to return to DC for the first time in over a decade to put on another community festival highlighting the great Filipino cuisine, talent, and community organizing of the DC metro area!
Thank you to participating tabling organizations for taking part in this huge endeavor to amplify Filipino American culture. Participating organizations include the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Pineapple Industries TM, Rita M. Cacas Foundation, PUSO Foundation, the Filipino Cultural Association at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Filipino Cultural Association at George Mason University, Tanghalang Pilipino, VA National Guard, Filipino Veterans Education & Recognition Project, Timpla DC, Filipino Young Professionals of Washington DC, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce DC, SNRG Music, DC Mayor's Office on APIA Affairs, Beauty Arts District, Barkada Clothing, Malaka Gharib, and The Worx by Maia.
Participating restaurants include Purple Patch, Daikaya, Tigerfork, Ekiben, The Game Sports Pub, Timothy Flores, Kuya Ja’s, and Kaliwa