Episcopal Church Women gearing up for Annual Food Fest

By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

The Episcopal Church Women are hoping to reap some benefits from this year’s Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure.
That’s because the race route has been moved from the mall area to downtown Tupelo and runners will pass right by the church on West Jefferson Street, where the ladies will be hosting their Annual Food Fest.
“Hopefully we can capitalize on the run,” said ECW president Judy DeShong. “We’ll have a grill going with smoked meats and we’re hoping people will smell stuff cooking and decide to stop in.”
The Food Fest is Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Parish Hall at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Cash and checks, but no debit or credit cards, will be accepted.
The cooks, which include men, will have a variety of items for sale, such as frozen meat and vegetable casseroles, chicken and dressing, tailgating items, soups, stews, chili and smoked meats, as well as fresh baked breads, cakes, pies, cookies and candies.
DeShong said the group really wants to emphasize tailgating items this year, like smoked pork loins, corn dip, seven-layer nacho dip, pasta salad, BLT dip, harvest snack mix, black-eyed pea salsa, cheese balls and tortilla roll-ups.
“We’ll even have chips and crackers available for purchase so people who buy tailgating dips can go straight to the Pigskins in the Park event,” she said.
Pigskins in the Park is a free tailgating event at Fairpark in front of City Hall in downtown Tupelo that will feature a large-screen TV showing SEC football games, including the State and Ole Miss games.
DeShong stressed that the money the ECW makes from the Food Fest goes to fund a myriad of outreach programs in this community and beyond.
“This year, we’ve given to things like Haiti relief, the Tree of Life clinic, the American Cancer Society, the Walk for Epilepsy, the Honduras Medical Mission, camp scholarships and Sanctuary Hospice House, and we participated in the building of a Habitat house in Smithville and made other donations to victims there,” she said.
“One of the most important things we do is help Saints’ Brew, which offers a free breakfast at the church Monday through Friday to anyone who is hungry,” DeShong said. “It’s up to serving 90-something people per day at an average cost of $1.45 per person. When we first started out, we served such a small number. These days, it takes a lot to operate Saints’ Brew.”
For more information about Food Fest, call (662) 842-4386.

WANT TO GO?
What: Episcopal Church Women’s Annual Food Fest

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Parish Hall at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Jefferson Street in downtown Tupelo

What: Frozen casseroles, chicken and dressing, tailgating items, soups, stews, chili and meats as well as fresh baked breads, cakes, pies, cookies, etc.

Info: Call (662) 842-4386