Thursday, June 7, 2012 , Updated 6:00 a.m., June 16, 2012
First Filipino Fest in Dallas coming to Deep Ellum June 16
It'll be held in conjunction with the June edition of the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market.
DALLAS The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is doing a little twist for its June event by hosting the first Filipino Fest Dallas on Saturday, June 16.
The festival will feature performances by local Filipino musicians, cuisine by local chefs, and arts and crafts vendors. Filipino specialties will include lumpia (egg rolls), pancit (noodles), and Adobo seasoned BBQ pork. Crave DFW will host a "Best Cuisine" competition between local Filipino chefs and restaurants. Performers will include The Backwater Opera from Denton, June Marieezy from Dallas, the Tony Q Project from Dallas, and Joe & Beth Felipe from Arlington will perform live on the outdoor stage.
Organizer Brandon Castillo said that he and Chonnie Richey, co-owner of Zen Baking in Deep Ellum, who are both Filipino, saw this event as a way to celebrate Filipino Independence Day, this year on June 12.
"We were inspired by the success we had with the food truck rally," Castillo says. "Zen had much more action than it usually does on a Friday night. I saw that Filipino Independence Day is June 12 and the market was June 16. So we decided to take the opportunity to celebrate Filipino culture, move the market onto Main Street, and have a cool cultural event."
The Deep Ellum Outdoor Market's objective is to bring people to the streets of Deep Ellum and give exposure to local artists and businesses. Since it premiered two years ago, it has taken place under a covered shed at Cafe Brazil.
For the festival, it'll move to Main Street, which will be shut down to pedestrian-traffic-only -- a relocation that Castillo says he's lobbying to make permanent.
"We've made a case to the Deep Ellum Foundation to move the market onto Main Street permanently, and it's not 100% finalized but the signs are pointing to yes," he says. "The location under the covered parking lot is good as far as convenience, and it's nice having a covered section, but as far as revitalizing the community and bringing action, this will be a lot more effective. We might've done it earlier, but it costs money to shut down street, with the permitting, security, portable toilets, parking meters -- that all adds up."
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