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Edgewater Church’s Food Fest Features Cuisine From Their Immigrant Parishioners

Philippine Egg-Rolls are Among the Ethnic Cuisine

Diverse cultures and food are an important part of the Edgewater community. Now a local church will celebrate that diversity by holding a festival featuring a wide range of cuisine from around the world baked by immigrants which are a part of their congregation.

Historic Saint Ita Catholic Church at  5500 N. Broadway will put on their 29th annual Tastes of Summer on Sunday, July 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.  A special kick-off party, featuring food from Edgewater Taco, will also be held the day before on July 14 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

The event, which is $10 at the door on Saturday and free to the public on Sunday, will feature both immigrant chefs and local parishioners who will serve up over 75 specialties from 12 countries. Entertainment includes live ethnic music and Latin Jazz combos.

“Our immigrant chefs are truly excited about showcasing their ethnic specialties. We feature food from Central America, Columbia, Venezuela, Burma, Vietnam, the Philippines, Nigeria, Poland and Mexico. American favorites like hotdogs and burgers, along with Philly cheesesteaks are also available,” said Mike Magada, co-chair of the event. “St. lta’s is a great example of how different immigrant groups working together celebrate what makes America great – its cultural diversity. ”

According to St. Ita’s Catholic Church, they are one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse congregations with 1,200 parishioners that speak over 40 languages.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the church’s programs and neighborhood outreach. Discounted Food Tickets for Sunday can be purchased online until July 1 at www.saintita.org

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