Filipino Cuisine Takes Center Stage In This San Francisco Night Market

The second edition of Undiscovered SF is scheduled for September 15, 2017 at the Old Mint building.
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It’s been a long time coming but Filipino cuisine has finally gained its due. After a prediction by Bloomberg, call-outs by travel-food hosts Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, and the indubitable success of Filipino restaurants on the world stage, it’s clear Filipino cuisine is on its way to becoming world food.

Frozen Kuhsterd's Banana Rum and Black Vanilla in a black and gold waffle cone

Now comes Undiscovered SF, an innovative night market that's pushing the food movement further by celebrating both Filipino cuisine and culture. Stationed at San Francisco's Old Mint Building, the festival covers 94,000 square feet of space indoors and outdoors with fifteen rooms solely dedicated to art, music, food, and dance.

Hookt Doughnuts' Mini Ube Doughnuts

Inspired by the night markets of Asia, the festival benefits the SOMA Pilipinas district and takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight on the third Friday of every month. The first installment of Undiscovered took place earlier this month and featured Bay Area rapper Lyrics Born, LA-based musician Low Leaf, dance crews Young Skull Club and the Chapkis Dance Family from NBC’s “World of Dance” with food by the likes of Frozen Kuhsterd, No Worries, Hookt Doughnuts, Señor Sisig, and Mestiza Taqueria.

Sataysfied's Beef Satay

"Undiscovered SF celebrates the rich legacy and diverse arts and culture of Filipinos and aims to support and cultivate emerging Filipino artists and small businesses to help build economic opportunities for our community," Raquel R. Redondiez of SOMA Pilipinas told Inquirer.

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The second edition of the festival is scheduled for September 15, 2017, with organizers promising a bigger and better event each month. For September, Undiscovered has scheduled acts such as Dirty Boots, Golda & the Guns, Mad Noise, Full Potential, and Chapkis Dance Family with food vendors Mohinga House, The Sarap Shop, The Wooden Table, Inay Filipino Kitchen at Metreon, The Lumpia Company, Sataysfied, and more.

The Wooden Table's Arroz Caldo with salmon roe in place of patis

Fashion and art will be supplied by the following vendors Non-Uniform Standard, Good Mother Gallery, Lineage, 676 Candles Co., Studio Bayani, and more.

For the full list of participating vendors, visit undiscoveredsf.com.

h/t: Eater SF

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