OK. I haven’t been to FPAC in a few years, so maybe things have changed. But I am seriously wondering why I took the night off, drove about 60 miles each way and spent $5 admission (somehow I got a $2 discount, even without a Macy’s card) to attend this festival. I was seriously not happy by the end of the day.
Granted, I got there at about 2:15. Hey. CP Time, OK? Or in this case, Filipino time. Whatever. But when I was warned that the wait for food was 45 minutes long, I knew things were already going downhill. Not only that, when we finally got in line, what do I see? Just ONE Filipino food vendor. Out of the FIVE at the entire festival. Whoever heard of just FIVE food vendors at an ethnic festival? Really?
My buddy Moonie pointed out recently that there was another Filipino festival inexplicably scheduled the same weekend, so maybe that siphoned off the food vendors. OK, fine. But seriously, I’m tired of these same vendors. They’re the same vendors you would see at any other Southern California festival. I’ve seen these same exact vendors at Lotus Festival. I mean, sheesh! Then, only one of them serves Filipino food! The other four vendors were selling Chinese food, Thai food, boba and smoothies and funnel cakes. That’s it. Then to just throw a little bit more salt in that wound, it took Trinity and I an hour to get through the line. Ugh.
The whole thing really sticks in my gullet because I had been craving the kahlua pork at Ono Hawaiian Barbecue since earlier this week, and we passed one as we got off the freeway onto Gaffey. I contemplated making Trinity make a detour and simply forego the food at FPAC, but I felt like….if I’m going to drag him to FPAC, we damn well better get some Filipino food. Yeah, this was it.
Now, don’t get me wrong, the food was fine. Spectacular? Not at all. Worth an hour’s wait? Let’s not go there.
I am really quite disappointed in this year’s FPAC. I realize it is literally the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, and believe me, they had plenty of arts and culture on display from vendors (who probably outnumbered the food vendors 4-to-1, possibly 5-to-1). But people — probably half, if not 75% of the draw of any ethnic festival is the food. I mean, damn.
So, if you’re headed out there Sunday, do what I didn’t do — be smart and just go to Ono Hawaiian BBQ or anywhere else and eat before you get to FPAC. You’ll thank me later.
Anyway. I took way more pictures, here’s the Flickr set.