The three Filipino food trucks were in one place for the very first time!
The White Rabbit food truck of one of the owners James Du (Le Cordon Bleu graduate and worked for Gordon Ramsay) had the best entertainment amongst the trucks. Then again, they were the only truck that came with a dj table and a table for those that were willing to take the 6 pound burrito (6 tortillas, 6 eggs, 6 scoops of garlic rice, 12 slices of cheese and 1 pound of meat) challenge. Those that are capable of eating it in 1 sitting for 30 minutes receive a free burrito, limited white rabbit staff t-shirt, pictured posted on their website, and 50 percent off purchases when they are wearing a staff t-shirt.
The Tapa Boy truck stuck to their motto “Filipino Food on Filipino Time”. Since the line was long, it was definitely going to be on Filipino Time (late). The tucino (chicken or pork sweetly cured, slightly caramelized and fried) bowl was definitely worth waiting for! Why order a tucino bowl when they are known for their tapa? Everyone already knows that their tapa is good, and now you know that their tucino is just as good. It was disappointing to find out that after being in line for 40 minutes and it was 2:30 p.m. they only had one of the two types of turons (fried egg roll desserts) left. The upside was being able to have the last dal-mansi (mixture of dalandan and kalamansi) juice. It is a great idea to have leche flan (Filipino Flan) turon as finger food.
If you missed out on having the traditional turon at Tapa Boy, it was nice being able to go to the Manila Machine Filipino truck and have it. People fell in line for their chicken adobo (chicken with garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar) and varieties of sliders made with Pan de Sal (similar but tastier than a dinner roll). Numerous people were disappointed that they ran out of their moist ube cupcakes (purple yam flavored cupcake, and topped with a coconut buttercream). Unfortunately, no one else makes ube cupcakes like they do.
There were also numerous food booths, and their lines were much shorter that the food truck’s. The Generations and Main stage had entertainment throughout the day with seats that were very seldom empty. There numerous Filipino t-shirts ranged from funny to proud, and young to old. People were painting and selling their art. The FilAmArts.org website gives detailed information regarding the entertainment that was on the two stages. All in all it is surprising that they only charge $7.00 to attend such a superb festival.