ADOBO Masters Cook-Off + KULTURA Live! Aug 26 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture in partnership with San Miguel Beer presents



Sunday, August 26, 12-6 p.m.

Adobo Masters Cook-Off + Kultura Live! at Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie Street Hosted by Big Norm with Adobo Masters Cook-Off Judge, celebrity comic Ron Josol.

Participating restaurants for the Adobo Masters Cook-Off: Kanto by Tita FlipsRemely’s RestaurantCasa Manila, Adobo Cafe, and Lamesa Filipino Kitchen.

KULTURA LIVE! MUSIC SCHEDULE 12:15 - 12:35 Fenaxiz 12:45 - 1:05 Southeast Cartel 1:05 - 1:20 break 1:20 - 1:30 O Nouveau 1:40 - 2:00 Melvin Buslon 2:10 - 2:20 Pantayo Kulintang Ensemble 2:30 - 2:50 Sean Blackthorn 2:50 - 3:05 break: Ron Josol 3:05 - 3: 35 Victoria Marie, Renelyn Quinicot & Charise Aragoza, Clutch Vol. 4 participants 3:45 - 4:00 Len Cervantes and PSL poets 4:10 - 4:55 Romeo Candido & Alexander The (Times Neue Roman) 5:05 - 5:15 Ron Josol - announces the Adobo Master winner & Peoples' Choice Best Adobo Award 5:20 - 6:05 Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), Maylee Todd & April Aliermo (PhèdreHooded Fang)

Marketplace Vendors and Booths

ABS-CBN Canada/TFC The Filipino Channel: TFC is the flagship product of ABS-CBN Global Ltd., the leader in providing quality news, entertainment, and other products and services that enable Filipinos overseas to connect and nurture relationships with the Philippines and Filipinos worldwide.

Anakbayan Toronto: Anakbayan is the comprehensive, national democratic mass organization of the Filipino youth. The Toronto chapter advocates around Philippine issues and those affecting the Filipino community in Canada.

Cocovie Naturals: Provider of high quality, all natural coconut-based products that highlight the health benefits and many uses of coconut.

Espada Necklaces by Renelyn Quinicot

Hedj Canada: Handmade patchwork bags using wool, canvas, leather and other materials.

It’s Your Life Handmade: Creator of excellently hand-crafted costume jewelry and hand-sewn items.

Japorms Clothing: A line of apparel, culturally-inspired to promote a sense of Filipino nationalism into fashion. The term JAPORMS originated from a contraction of slang word which describes someone who is wearing a new style or fashionable clothes.

Jemeces Custom Jewelry and Home Decor: Toronto-designed accessories for the home and the self made from all natural materials

KAPISANAN’s Vinta  Gallery: Vinta seeks to bring the legacy of Filipino craft traditions into the world of contemporary design, while elevating the Philippines and Filipinos around the world through exchange, exploration, and excellence.

Magik’s Home Furnishings: A lifestyle shop that showcases the Philippines through accessories that are authentic, majestic and divine. This specialty shop showcases time-old traditions of woodcarving, weaving, lighting and much more.

Pinoy Culture: A book store that aims to promote Filipino culture in Canada and across the globe through bilingual (Filipino and English), illustrated children’s books as well as other cultural products made by Filipinos.

Peace Quest: A non-profit organization that holds Art Playground events in Toronto in an effort to empower life in hostile areas, to inspire the youth to champion their struggles and to educate poor communities in the Philippines.


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Kapisanan’s 7th Annual KULTURA Festival Puts Filipino Cuisine in the Spotlight Torontonians Choose the Winner of the Adobo Masters Cook-Off

TORONTO, August 21, 2012 – ADOBO: Meat or seafood marinated in a sauce of vinegar and garlic browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. If you're lucky enough to have Filipino friends or family, you’ve probably devoured this mouth-watering, yet simple dish.  On August 26th, 2012, five of Toronto's best Filipino chefs will elevate their national dish to new heights and vie for the title of Adobo Master at the 7th Annual KULTURA Filipino Arts Festival at Artscape Wychwood Barns.

Rudy Boquilla of Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, Diona Joyce of Kanto by Tita Flips, Mila Nabor-Cuachon of Casa Manila, Remely Gutierrez of Remely’s Restaurant, and Charles Alconcel of Adobo Cafe are currently working on secret recipes for the BEST ADOBO IN TORONTO. Members of the public can judge for themselves for just $7 for an Adobo food combo plate. Local celebrity judge Ron Josol will crown the Adobo Master at the end of the day.

This event is the first cultural food event at Artscape Wychwood Barns, and it aims to maintain the spotlight on Filipino food in Toronto.

Remely Gutierrez, head chef and owner of Remely’s Restaurant sees the value in participating in such a historic moment: “Toronto, as we all know, is a very exciting city because of its multiculturalism. Sharing Filipino culture through my cooking of Filipino cuisine is something that I’m always proud of.”

Hosted by Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and presented in partnership with San Miguel Beer, The Adobo Masters Cook-Off is the grand finale of KULTURA, a two-week long, FREE Filipino arts showcase.

Executive Director Caroline Mangosing knew it was the perfect time for KULTURA to focus on food: "Eating is the heart of Filipino culture and now the rest of the world is finally catching on to our cuisine."

With recent coverage from Toronto Life, blogTO, Globe and Mail, Aquired Taste Magazine and the New York Times, the broader Toronto community has its full attention fixated on all things Filipino, especially anything food related.

”I don't think Filipino food has ever had its time in Toronto. We want it to be part of the discussion when people are trying to decide what they want to eat," Les Sabilano said in an interview for BlogTO.

KULTURA also features live music performances by Maylee Todd, Casey Mecija (Ohbijou), April Aliermo (Phedre & Hooded Fang), Alexander The (Times Neue Roman), Romeo Candido (Prison Dancer: The Musical), and more!

In light of recent monsoon rains and flooding in the Philippine capital of Manila, various fundraising and donation drives will also take place all throughout KULTURA festival days to benefit the victims and survivors. One hundred percent of funds raised will be donated to charity.

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL KULTURA FILIPINO ARTS FESTIVAL is presented by Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and San Miguel Beer. Admission is free.

KAPISANAN would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their support of KULTURA 2012:

Presenting Sponsor: San Miguel Beer c/o United Distributors of Canada Organizational Sponsor: ABS-CBN Canada ULC / TFC The Filipino Channel Community Sponsor: Toronto Artscape Inc. Official Chronicler: Philippine Canadian Inquirer

KAPISANAN’s funders:

Toronto Arts Council Ontario Arts Council Canadian Heritage Laidlaw Foundation

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KAPISANAN is a non-profit organization that gives all Filipino-Canadian youth (kahit na bagong dating o dito na sa Canada pinanganak!) opportunities to cultivate a positive sense of cultural identity and leadership potential. Through community-based arts and cultural programming and presentation, Kapisanan creates a space for Filipino-Canadian youth to explore Filipino culture and heritage, fostering pride and self-confidence, inspiring and empowering them to realize their full potential. Kita-kits sa KAPISANAN!


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