Tickets for the Second Annual Dallas Filipino Food Festival Drop Today
The Dallas Filipino Food Festival will return this year. However, as with so many events, things will be different. You may remember the long lines that snaked through Four Corners Brewing Co. at the opening festival last March just before it closed. It was a jam-packed event – probably the last big congregation members – myself included – who were in front of pandemic-calmed cities around the world.
This year, the Dallas Filipino Food Festival will be virtual March 5-7 with food stalls, pop-up collabs, and Zoom cooking classes. Tickets drop at 3pm today (and all weekend so be sure to turn on your notifications for DFFF on Instagram).
While we won’t feel the lively energy often associated with food festivals – trying bites of everything, talking to strangers about where the best drinks are, the rush to get a table to hold up your delicious booty – I see a big advantage. You’re guaranteed to have the food you pre-order. Last year you camped in a row and prayed that the food would not run out until you reached the front lines. They were grateful for the crispy treats with Lumpia and Eube Rice and filled themselves with El Chingón IPA or golden honey-rye ale.
In this virtual format, Not Your Lola’s organizer and pop-up boss, Daniel Gerona, says he “lI look forward to continuing the tradition. “
“Don’t skip a year [of the festival] In the midst of all the bad things, ”says Gerona, it was important to keep shedding light on the growing Filipino food scene in Dallas. Not only is there an incredible Filipino community in North Texas, says Gerona, “The biggest thing for me was that so many people – not just Filipino – were interested in Filipino food.”
For Friday March 5th, Not Your Lola’s will mark the team with Marie’s Kitchen on a permanent Filipino street food menu, the details of which are yet to be nailed down. The meal will serve two; Pickup is between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in North Dallas. On Saturday March 6th, grab a brunch box of pastries from Bahay, Marienda Monster, and The Pandesal Place. Find them at Union Coffee in Oak Lawn. Then Sunday March 7th brings another brunch from Bahay. Collection takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Weed Spot
Gerona warns fairly: “A. Many people will be amazed that once orders are placed online it will sell out quickly. “
Pandesal with a filling of eube and sweet cheese.
Courtesy Pandesal Place
The weekend events culminate in a cooking class virtually led by Seattle chef Melissa Miranda on Sunday evening, which graces the cover of the current issue of Seattle Met magazine and the pages of this month’s Bon Appetit. She is also regularly featured on BA’s YouTube cooking series. Long before she was the well-known culinary superstar she is today, Miranda was in the pop-up space, as was Dallas’ young Filipino chefs.
I had followed Miranda’s journey since those early days so I called her. (This Seattleite couldn’t resist this full circle moment. The last time I saw her, I was eating Musang days before her debut at her Beacon Hill Restaurant, years in the making.)
“It’s so crazy because I have a family in Texas, ”Miranda says while greeting people who are picking up takeout orders. The connection between Seattle and Texas appears to be strong. She had also cooked alongside Dallas chefs like Joel Orsini at Cheffeed Indie Week in Seattle.
For her Sunday cooking class, Miranda shares her Humbà recipe, a braised pork belly dish that’s currently on the Musang menu. “We chose this dish because it is not very well known and just has a different flavor profile,” she says, reviewing fermented black beans, soy and vinegar as some of the standout flavors of the dishes. The “Super Cebuano” dish comes from the Visayas region in the Philippines, says Miranda. “I remember the first time I had it when I was in New York with my friends from Cebu,” a province in the central Visayas region. As with most foods, memory is often inextricably linked.
Miranda and Gerona wanted to make sure it was accessible to those who cook with them. What’s in season or what ingredients are available is one of the considerations when planning a cross-country course. Fortunately, anyone can participate from anywhere. However, there is still an attendance limit. So don’t wait to secure your place. Check out the Dallas Filipino Food Festival Instagram for updates and links when they go live.
Gerona says, “the plan was always to invite celebrity chefs for dinner,” even though he didn’t initially envision a virtual situation. Next year he’s determined to go all out with a huge personal (!) Dinner. I can’t wait until this day.