Pinoy street food attracts crowds in Toronto

By Rachelle Cruz, ABS-CBN Canada

Posted at Aug 19 2014 11:47 AM | Updated as of Aug 21 2014 05:40 PM

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TORONTO, Canada - The 9th Annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival capped off with the popular finale, Filipino Street Eats Competition, with proceeds going to support arts and culture youth programming.

As the summer heat sizzled, hot plates and cold drinks got served at this year's Kain Kalye.

Street vendors rolled up their sleeves as crowds lined up at Wychwood Barns to sample traditional Filipino dishes, as well as Pinoy favorites with a twist.

"What we try to do is to curate it so we wanted people to focus on regional street food this year so all of the street vendors are looking at their own province and kind of doing a little Toronto twist to it," explained Caroline Mangosing, co-founder and executive director of Kapisanan.

Some tasty treats like barbecue, famous desserts like Halo-halo and sweet sausages and tocino were offered. Prices ranged from $3-$7.

Established joints like Chef Rudy's Lamesa and Kanto by Titaflips cleaned up fast.

But it was Lola Kusina's crispy siopao that took center stage and won people's choice.

"Well I am really excited, this is my first time. Lola's Kusina is just 6 months old. We just started last December. It's really fun and it's physically tiring but it's really, really good. I am very very happy. Thank you so much guys," said Lourdes De Villa, chef at Lola's Kusina.

The festival isn't just about street eats. The Kultura Marketplace featured a curated selection of Filipino-Canadian artisans, craftspeople and entrepreneurs.

"I'm having an amazing time. I'm really looking forward to the performances and trying all the different foods here," said Josie Boquila.

Last year, about 2,000 people attended the event which raised $4000 for Kapisanan's Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture.