Filipino cuisine, toys can be found in this Puyallup event

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month may be over, but that doesn’t stop the Puyalup District Store from continuing the celebration into June.

The Sari-Sari Store located at 11910 Meridian Ave. E. His annual Sari-Sari Fiesta on Saturday, June 25 from 1-7 p.m. in the parking lot. Store owner Marivel Ocera said this is the third year the store has hosted the event. Submission is free.

Attendees can expect a plethora of classic Filipino dishes such as pancit, lumpia and adobo. The menu will also include pork belly sage, beef steak and arroz caldo. Those with a sweet tooth can also purchase halo, bibnica and bubble waffles.

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Halo Halo at the Sari Sari Festival 2021. Courtesy of Marifel Osera

People can also participate in games such as corn hole, toss ring, and Chinese rope. There will also be games popular in the Philippines such as papatin, during which children pick up snacks and sweets that are hung on a net above them.

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Children playing hanging at the Sari Sari Festival 2019. Courtesy of Guns Clocks

The event will be attended by local AAPI vendors such as Ninang NuNu, Toy Taku and Raw Kine Creative. New sellers add this year. They are all artists and some will sell stickers, keychains and paintings.

“I want people to come,” Osera said. “This is a good introduction to Filipino food.”

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Mariavel Ophelia and Ophelia DeLuna operate the Sari-Sari store in Puyallup, Washington, Friday, July 24, 2020. The Filipino grocery store in Puyallup has been operating for a year and has built a dedicated community of customers. Joshua Besix jbessex@thenewstribune.com

Angelica Relente covers topics that affect communities in East Pierce County. She started as a news intern in June 2021 after graduating from Washington State University. She was born in the Philippines and spent the rest of her childhood in Hawaii.

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