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St. Columba hosts 2nd drive-thru food fest

YOUNGSTOWN — St. Columba Cathedral on West Wood Street near downtown is hosting its third annual international food festival 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

For the second year in a row, the food festival will be drive-thru only, with meals picked up in the parking lot between the church and the Williamson College of Business at Youngstown State University.

Cost of the dinners is $15 and includes a dessert and beverage. The festival committee decided to keep the meals the same price as last year even though the cost of the food has increased.

“People are struggling with high gas prices, increased utility costs and higher prices for groceries, so we decided to hold our prices steady for this fundraiser,” committee member Marly Reichert said. “People were extremely generous last year by making donations of food and supplies as well as monetary donations. The community was very supportive as well, and all 200 of our dinners were sold.”

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, champ (potatoes) and coleslaw.

The festival is meant to showcase the diverse ethnic backgrounds that make up the Diocese of Youngstown at large and specifically, St. Columba, which is the mother church of the six-county diocese.

Orders will be taken in person after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Masses on Sunday through Sept. 4. Orders also will be taken 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 by calling or texting 330-507-6001 or calling 330-755-8128.

For each feast, 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 the day of pickup.

“The Eastern European feast sold out quickly last year, so I recommend ordering early,” Reichert said. “All the meals are homemade by parishioners or supporters of the parish and everything — from the food and baked goods to the 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 for the religious education program at the church.

For more information, call the rectory at 330-744-5233 or Reichert at 330-755-8128.

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