You can taste food from around the world on Saturday, Feb. 16, and not even have to leave Albany.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 724 Ellsworth St. S.W. is hosting its second annual International Food Festival from noon to 4:30 p.m. Dishes will be served in the Gathering Space and at the school gym.
Musicians and dancers will be on hand throughout the event.
“The plates are small and affordable,” said church spokeswoman Jolene Thomson. “Our goal is that participants will be able to savor tastes from various regional cuisines rather than eat an entire meal of just one type.”
She said “we want people to be able to try a little of everything.”
Last year, the parish sold more than 6,000 food tickets and more people are expected to attend this year.
Proceeds will go to children’s youth groups, and some funds will support the school before it closes this June, Thomson said.
Here is a sample of what will be served in the food booths. Servings start at $1.
In the Polish village will be kielbasa and sweet and sour red cabbage; in the Irish village will be Irish soda bread with sweet Guinness butter, and colcannon, a dish made with creamy potatoes, butter, cabbage and spring onion.
In the Italian village will be breadsticks, mostaccioli — a pasta with cheese and marinara sauce— meatballs in marinara sauce, and antipasti; in the Mexican village will be masa cakes with toppings, quesadillas and tamales; and in the Czech village there will be Bohemian sausage, potato dumplings and Czech bread.
In the Filipino village will be egg rolls, rice noodles with chicken and vegetables, pork with a marinade served with rice, chicken and rice porridge, and yucca root and coconut milk cake.
In the Hawaiian village will be pork, sweet pickled radishes, kim chee, rice, and potato and macaroni salads.
And in the Tex-Mex village will be barbecued chicken thighs, brisket and slow-cooked barbecue beans.
There will also be some “American” food available and a Sweet Shoppe will sell desserts.
There is also an array of free entertainment planned.
In the gym there will be Marimba music from noon to 1 p.m.; Irish dancing from 1:30 to 2 p.m.; African dancing from 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.; and Latino dancing from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
In the Gathering Space, Filipino dancing is from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and again from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.; African dancing from 1:45 to 2 p.m.; and Latino dancing from 2:15 to 3 p.m.
Many of the entertainers are members of St. Mary’s Parish.
Those who want can check out the food to be served on the festival’s Facebook page: facebook.com/intfoodfest.