YOUNGSTOWN — St. Columba’s Cathedral on West Wood Street near the city center is hosting its third annual International Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 16.
For the second year in a row, the food festival will be drive-in only, with meals being picked up from the parking lot between the church and Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business.
The cost of the dinners is $15 and includes a dessert and a drink. The festival committee has decided to keep meals at the same price as last year even though the cost of food has increased.
“People are grappling with high gas prices, rising utility costs and rising grocery prices, so we’ve decided to keep our prices steady for this fundraiser,” said committee member Marly Reichert. “People have been extremely generous over the past year with food and supply donations as well as cash donations. The community was also very supportive and our 200 dinners were all sold out.
Four meals will be available:
• Eastern European feast with pierogies, haluski (cabbage and noodles), kielbasi and salad;
• Italian feast with manicotti, eggplant parmesan, meatballs and salad;
• Mexican feast with steak or chicken fajitas, rice and beans, and a Mexican salad;
• Irish feast with Irish stew, field (potatoes) and coleslaw.
The festival aims to showcase the diverse ethnic backgrounds that make up the Diocese of Youngstown as a whole and more specifically St. Columba, which is the mother church of the Six Counties Diocese.
Orders will be taken in person after the 4 p.m. mass on Saturday and the 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. masses Sunday through September 4. Orders will also be taken from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on September 6 and 7 by calling or texting 330-507-6001 or calling 330-755-8128.
For each party, 50 meals are available. Cash or checks will be accepted in person and prepayment is appreciated but not required as cash or checks will be accepted on the day of pickup.
“The Eastern European feast sold out fast last year, so I recommend ordering early,” said Reichert. “All meals are home-cooked by parishioners or parish supporters and everything – from food and baked goods to utensils and containers – is donated.”
The money will be used for the St. Columba Education Fund, which helps pay tuition for parishioners who attend Catholic school as well as the religious education program at the church.
For more information, call the presbytery at 330-744-5233 or Reichert at 330-755-8128.