St. Ann Catholic Church will stage its sixth annual International Food Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the church, 4057 U.C. 70 Business between Clayton and Smithfield.
The festival will feature games, music and homemade ethnic foods from around the world. Parking and admission are free.
This year, St. Ann parishioners will prepare food from 19 countries, including Haiti and Lebanon, which are new to the festival menu. Returning this year are foods from El Salvador, France, Greece, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. The cost is $4 per plate, and international desserts will be available too.
On the music menu are steel-drum player Mickey Mills, Celtic band Barrowburn, Mariachi Los Galleros de Mexico, St. Ann’s Hispanic Children’s Choir and Los Purepechas Dancers, the dance troupe from Philippine American Association of North Carolina, the St. Ann Mexican Folk Dancers and Alex Weiss & Different Drum, an Afro/Latin ensemble that plays world music.
In addition to food and entertainment, this year’s festival will offer an expanded silent auction under a large covered pavilion. The auction will feature gifts baskets for women, men and children.
Café tents with tables and chairs will be located throughout the festival to provide a relaxing place to enjoy the food and entertainment. Visitors can watch their children and grandchildren win prizes in the roped-off games area.
Along with free admission, guests will receive a free festival guide with all of the food booth locations, menu choices and entertainment schedule.
For more information, visit www.internationalfoodfestival.net or https://www.facebook.com/internationalfoodfestival.