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Fourth annual food fest held at Amherst First Baptist Church

Niurka Laza and Kathy Amavan enticed people with samples of Arroz Con Vejedales, a Cuban dish that was comprised of rice, vegetables and roast chicken, Saturday at the fourth annual International Food Festival held at the Amherst First Baptist Church.

AMHERST-There was something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds this past Saturday at the fourth annual International Food Festival at First Baptist Church.

Participants sampled and purchased delicacies from around the world-while supplies lasted. One dish that sold out prior to the event’s conclusion was Yucafrita from El Salvador, a Mayan Indian dish served by Antonio Reyes and Diane Shaw.

“Yuca is grown much the same as potatoes are,” stated Shaw. “Yucafrita is fried in olive oil, one of the things that people really like about it,” she added. “Antonio (Reyes) has done so much for me, so this my way paying her back,” stated Shaw.

Kathy Amavan and Niurka Laza enticed people with samples of Arroz Con Vejedales, a Cuban dish that was comprised of rice, vegetables and roast chicken.

Another dish was Janice Mah’s Chinese Mu-Sh-Pork (Hot and Sour Soup), a dish that she and her mother has served at this event since its inception in 2010. “We’ve learned to make bigger quantities of it,” stated Mah. “This is a really fun event.”

And speaking of fun, Brian Skabar and his daughter Margaret, who attends St. Francis Xavier University, had a blast preparing the traditional Ukranian dish Perogies and Koobasaugh. “In the old country, it’s a hearty food, made up of dough dumplings, bacon bits and fried onions,” he added. “It was a staple growing up at any family feast. The Koobasaugh is a garlic sauce. “Margaret’s professor is pleased to have a Ukrainina in his Eastern European history class,” said Skabar.

Rounding out the wide array of foods that comprised the fourth annual Interational Food Festival included Lebanon Zataar, Thailand Pad Thai, an assortment of Mexican cookies, Papas de Huancaina from Peru, Tarte aux Pommes from France, Vietnamese Imperial Rolls and, closer to home, Canadian Seafood Chowder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: International Food, First Baptist Church, St. Francis Xavier University

Geographic location: AMHERST, El Salvador, Peru France

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