Filipinos sure know how to stir a crowd, even amid 66 other more country booths in the annual Embassy Festival held in The Hague, the Netherlands.
“It’s trying to bring the whole world together in one place and it’s really great that the embassy organizers are able to this every September,” Ambassador Jaime Ledda said.
The Embassy Festival aims to feature the unique culture of 67 countries by showcasing their food, clothing, dance and music.
The Filipino booth featured the irresistibly fragrant latik and biko, as well as freshly brewed Davaoeño cacao, which are just some of the main highlights during the festival.
This year’s theme “Filipino desserts” hoped to share the warm, sweet and filling dessert culture of the Philippines.
There was Maite Hontiveros Dittke, the owner of Maite’s Fascinating World of Asian Cuisine, who traveled from Germany to cook an all-time Pinoy dessert bibingka and biko topped with sweet and tangy Philippine mangoes.
Myey Flores-Moens of Theo & Brom, meanwhile, filled cups and cups with nostalgic and intense flavors of Philippine cacao. She introduced the first “Belgian Tableya” to Europe, which aims to marry the two cultures together: the intense flavor of Philippine cacao beans and the craftsmanship of the world-famous Belgian chocolates.
And then there were the non-food goodies courtesy of Mhel Tolentino, who brought in Filipino-made products like sungka, walis tambo and other wooden product shipped from Benguet; and Filipino artist Victor Cantal who hopes to introduce the rich history and culture of the Philippines by drawing maps.
Pinoys put up quite party enjoyed by one and all. — LA, GMA News