Ethnic Food Festival will showcase parishioners’ roots

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor
An Ethnic Food Festival planned at St. Christopher Church in Radcliff, Ky., will showcase the food, culture and art of the parish’s families, many of whom are from other parts of the world and were drawn to the area by Fort Knox.

The festival will be held on July 25 after 5 p.m. Mass.

Parishioners from Korea, the Philippines, South Pacific Islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Germany, Italy, Poland, Belgium and most of the regions of the United States will represent their cultures and traditions at the celebration.

“We’ll have food from all these different areas, plus decorations, flags, artwork and a talent show,” said Father Dennis Cousens, pastor of St. Christopher. “There’ll be roast pig and an abundance of food, traditional Filipino dancing and Korean drumming and music.

“Of all the things I’ve done in my 38 years as a priest, this is the best thing,” he said. “It builds pride in the parish and it raises money.”

The festival is dedicated to the memory of parishioner Florence Mason, a native of Hawaii who died in a car crash leaving Mass at St. Christopher, Father Cousens noted.

“She faced a lot of discrimination when she first came here,” he said. “She was made to go to the back door (of restaurants) to be served. She was a pillar in our parish community.”

Father Cousens said the evening will end with the singing of Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home.”
Tickets to the festival are $12 and admission for children 10 and under is free. The parish plans to sell about 275 tickets.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the parish at 270-351-3706.

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