Barrio Festival 2012

2012 may not be the end of the world as we know it, but will it be the end of the Brisbane Barrio Festival that celebrates all things Filipino? It’s been a bad year for our favourite fiesta. First it was cancelled mid year due to disagreements among members of the organising committee, then was rescheduled to September 9. But the rumours grew that many stall attendees had dropped out – almost half, we were told.

Half? More like 80 per cent! This is what the fabled food fest looked like on Saturday:

One food stall. One drink stall. And the food was all gone by the time we got there. The Filipino Son in Law was shattered. He had gone to extreme lengths to transport a big family party there from the outskirts of Ipswich, and all there was left to eat was churros. They were pretty good, but they didn’t make up for the absence of real food.

Last year it was a blast, with the planking mascot from Jolibee, grocery stalls, lines of food stalls and more bubble tea outlets than bubbles in the tea. This year it looked desolate. I never saw so many broken hearted Filipino men when the food ran out.

Of course, there were the usual parade of gorgeous dancers in their lovely dresses. There was a contingent from our home town as well.


The entertainment was good, with a great girl singer on stage, but we had skipped breakfast in anticipation of the food, and since it had taken most of the morning just to get there, we were starving. So we gave up and headed for Hancook, the SiL’s favourite Korean restaurant in Southbank, where he could dine us in style at a great restaurant with great food and great staff.

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Let’s hope the Barrio Committee can get their mojo back by next year.

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