Sep 222016

Chicken adobo at Chicago’s Adobofest. FAN/FILIPINO KITCHEN

CHICAGO ­­– Five home cooks will compete in an adobo Taste-Off Oct. 2 at the 9th annual FAN Adobofest at Kultura Festival hosted by the Filipino American Network (FAN) Chicago and Filipino Kitchen.

Adobofest has been held for years at St. Paul and LaBagh Woods on the city’s northwest side.

Potential contestants can sign up for the adobo home cooking contest at the FAN website. Their work will be judged by a panel of chefs and restaurant professionals to find “Chicago’s Best Home-Cooked Adobo.”

Additionally, the annual balut eating contest will also be held to promote voter registration. Balut, a Philippine street food, is partially developed duck or chicken duck embyro.

“Since 2008, Adobofest has grown by bringing our community together around food, family, culture and fun,” said Edgar Jimenez, executive director of Adobofest. “Year after year, we are so proud these home-cook competitors get recognized by their community, food professionals, restaurateurs and chefs. The trophies are well deserved!”

“When we use the hashtag #pinoyssupportingpinoys on our social media, it’s not a gimmick. It’s a real strategy to get our community moving forward together,” said Natalia Roxas, co-founder of Filipino Kitchen. “We wanted to find a way to make a joint event work for the community, and we’re so pleased to host Adobofest at Kultura.”

Kultura is a contemporary Filipino American food and arts festival taking place at Logan Square’s Emporium Arcade Bar and Surf Bar, 2363 N Milwaukee, on Sunday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Carefully curated to appeal to those who identify with Filipino culture and the curious or uninitiated, Kultura Festival highlights the best in Filipino-American food and arts in Chicago and the Midwest.

Kultura Festival will showcase over 20 Fil-Am chefs, visual artists, DJs and performers. Started in 2015 by food media and events group Filipino Kitchen, key additions to the program include Philippine indigenous art group Katao Living Traditions from the San Francisco Bay Area, and from Toronto, acclaimed Filipino-Canadian contemporary dance company Hataw and modern Filipino tribal music crew Datu will make their US-debut performance.

Kultura festival tickets can be purchased online at

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