As if to ensure its success, the clouds tumbled menacingly around the Humboldt Music and Food Festival on Saturday but left the skies blue over the festive event. Hundreds gathered through the course of two days in celebration of Filipino, Canadian and other cultures in the festival’s third year.  

Bands took the stage throughout the day and into the evening, pulsing with jubilant music. Dance groups delighted crowds with their beautiful movements, all explained and interpreted for the audience.  

The official opening ceremonies saw various dignitaries and officials bring welcome, Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek MP Kelly Block among them.  

“With June being Filipino Heritage Month, it is extremely important to recognize the immeasurable contributions the Filipino community has made, not only here in Humboldt and Saskatchewan, but to Canadian society,” Block noted. “Holding strong to your values of family, hard work and faith continues to make Canada a better place to live, both now and in the future.” 

Mayor Michael Behiel expressed his appreciation for the organizers who worked hard on this year’s festival. 

“What started as a great concept by Humboldt’s Filipino community has expanded and is now absolutely amazing, and we are so thankful for your contributions,” Behiel remarked.  

Major sponsor Humboldt Co-op was represented by GM Joe Von Doellen, and BHP had Greg Reynold on hand for remarks. 

The opening ceremonies were flanked by performances by the St. Cecilia Band and Choir and the Maharlika Dance Group of Regina with their rich traditional performances of dance from the Philippines.  

As always, the food vendors were a special draw with their savoury delicacies that blend influences from Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Latin nations and the west. Lemonades and bubble teas were in plentiful supply on the hot day. 

Sunday continued with more music, dancing and the crowning of the first Little Miss Humboldt. 

Another successful Humboldt Music and Food Festival showcased all the Filipino community in the area has to offer.