Philippine Culinary Art

Violeta Noriega has been the curator and creative force behind the Philippine culinary special events and exhibits at the annual Pagdiriwang Festival at the Seattle Center and in various North American events.  She shares, elevates and enhances the Philippine food art and presentation with her innovative and inspiring ideas. Filipino arts and handcrafted items are featured in her creations of simple or elaborate and unique table settings. Her “Philippine Tablescape” was featured at a Barong fashion show event reception at the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, BC.  A self-taught artist, she also does paper art designs and other artworks. 


Noriega is the author of the popular cookbook Philippine Recipes Made Easy which is on its 10th printing and has garnered many positive reviews on amazon.com and from users.  She published language booklets Easy Filipino Phrases and Selected Filipino Proverbs as well, and serves the educational community as a resource for Philippine books, bilingual children’s books and materials.  Violeta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. 

The following Culinary Art Events and Exhibits were held at the Pagdiriwang Festival over the years since 1992:   

  • Philippine Cooking Contests 

  • Philippine Table Centerpieces Contests 

  • Food demonstration on the main stage 

  • Workshop on Food Garnishes 

  • Merienda Spread 

  • Saba - Banana Snack Features 

  • Philippine Desserts 

  • Igorot Root Crop features 

  • Bahay Kubo-inspired vegetable and fruits 

  • Coconut Features 

  • Merienda, Snacks 

  • Philippine Refreshments 

  • A variety of Filipino Food spread  

  • Philippine Table Settings and many more 

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