Carefully curated to appeal to both those who personally identify with Filipino culture and the merely curious or uninitiated, Kultura Festival aims to highlight the best in modern Filipino-American food and arts in Chicago and the Midwest. October is Filipino American History Month -- join us as we kick it off in style!

Kultura Festival 2017 is Sunday, September 24, from 11 AM to 6 PM at Chicago's Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Avenue.

Chefs & menu

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Kultura Festival will showcase Chicago and Midwest-based Filipino-American chefs such as Hapa Chicago (Chicago), Meat on the Street (Milwaukee), Sarap Detroit (Detroit), Guerrilla Streetfood and Skip to Malou (both St. Louis) as well as Chef Sharwin Tee of Lifestyle TV's Curiosity Got The Chef (Manila, Philippines).

Festival menu:

  • Brisket Kare Kare: maple-mesquite smoked brisket, toasted pan de sal, coconut peanut annatto sauce
  • Tocino Poutine: three day sweet cured pork shoulder, white adobo gravy, french fries
  • Okoy: fried shrimp and vegetable fritters with fresh banana ketchup
  • Chinoy Lumpia: braised vegetables and tofu in lettuce cups with nori, sriracha and cilantro oil
  • Pato Arroz Caldo: rice porridge with duck leg, crispy duck skin, hard cooked egg, fried garlic, patis & scallions
  • Longanisa Bao: Filipino garlic sausage, guava aioli, steamed bao
  • Bicol Express: Pork belly simmered in coconut milk and chilies, topped with shrimp and scallions and served over jasmine rice
  • Jackfruit Adobo: green jackfruit simmered in coconut milk, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and Thai chilies, served over Jasmine rice and garnished with fried garlic and scallions.  
  • NEW! Ube Ice Cream Sandwiches: homemade ube ice cream and cookies
  • NEW! Pork Adobo: slow-cooked pork in soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaves, whole peppercorn, and garlic served over white rice
  • NEW! Chicken Stixs: meat on a stick marinated in a family recipe, skewered and grilled
  • NEW! Pancit: a thin rice noodle dish with carrots, cabbage, celery, and paprika
  • NEW! Bibingka: a sweet rice flour cake with coconut and parmesan cheese

The curated menu will tantalize festival-goers with a wide variety of chef-prepared Filipino and Filipino-inspired dishes between $5 and $7 each. 

"Coqui Lullaby" from Kultura Festival performer Soultree.


Filipino American DJs and musicians will provide the soundtrack for the festivities: Karl Almaria, Czboogie, Soultree, RV Mendoza, theWHOevers, and DJ RTST.

Photo provided courtesy of Michi Trota.

Photo provided courtesy of Michi Trota.


This year, Kultura Festival patrons can learn about the connections between Filipino cuisine and culture, featuring Martin Manalansanan IV, Michi Trota, Nicasio Reed, Maia Mrkvicka, Shane Bernardo, and Lane Wilcken. 

Admission to the Lechon Lectures, hosted in adjacent Chicago Distillery, is included with Kultura Festival ticket. 

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Buy tickets

Kultura Festival general admission tickets are available for $20 ($15 ticket plus $5 Kultura dollars) and can be purchased online at https://ti.to/filipino-kitchen/kultura-2017. Discounts are available for general admission tickets for students with ID and seniors citizens, and children under 13 years of age. 

Photo provided courtesy of Kristian Kabuay.

Photo provided courtesy of Kristian Kabuay.

Artist Vendors

Filipino American artist-entrepreneurs will offer their unique wares for purchase at the festival: custom tailored barong Tagalog (traditional formal wear) from New York City-based Pineapple Industries; artwork, books and apparel based on the prePhilippine script, baybayin, from San Francisco-based expert Kristian Kabuay; and clothing, jewelry and accessories centered around indigenous symbols and spirituality from Los Angeles-based Ginto Seeds; and artist collective Export Quality. 

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our community partners

We are proud to showcase these community partner organizations at our event. They provide important services to the Filipino American and Asian American communities within the Logan Square neighborhood and greater Chicago. Better yet, come and meet them on September 24 at Kultura and find out how to get involved!

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our venue: emporium logan square

Kultura Festival 2017 is Sunday, September 24, in Chicago at Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Avenue, from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Check out the Kultura Festival rules and policies, to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for our guests, vendors, volunteers, and staff.



Kultura wouldn't be possible without the efforts of some very talented and passionate human beings: our volunteers!

We're looking for some scrappy, eager and adaptable people to join our crew. We need volunteers to help us with everything from set up to stage management. You'll be part of a team of next level creatives, performers, chefs and cultural influencers from Chicago and beyond.