Kamayan Filipino Feast & Ulam Film Screening
Communal feasts, known as kamayan, are central to Filipino cuisine. They feature generous piles of Malay-, Spanish- and Chinese-influenced fare traditionally served on banana leaves and intended to be eaten with your hands.
And now's your chance to enjoy a kamayan dining experience: US-based chef Yana Gilbuena is bringing the foods and traditions of the Phillipines to this event.
Gilbuena will serve a traditional Filipino lunch at Johnny's Emporium in Yarraville to complement the Australian release of Ulam: Main Dish, a Filipino food documentary screening at Sun Theatre the same day. Both events are hosted by Entree.Pinays, a local collective of Filipina entrepreneurs.
The lunch will feature produce from the Queen Victoria and Footscray markets. Dishes include bringhe (Filipino paella of seafood and vegetables, with coconut milk and turmeric), astara (red cabbage and carrot pickle) and sinigang poke (raw salmon marinated with tamarind and sesame oil) among others. Guests including Lûmé head chef John Rivera have contributed desserts like ube halaya (purple yam ice cream studded with caramelised coconut milk).
Lunch runs from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and the documentary screening is from 10.30am to 12.30pm, so you can get to both easily.