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Bounty of food and tradition

Our Lady Queen of Peace prepares for annual festa

A volunteer at last year's festa puts the finishing touch on a pizza fritta with some powdered sugar.

A volunteer at last year's festa puts the finishing touch on a pizza fritta with some powdered sugar. Photo by John Purcell.

— “The chocolate chips are one that we put in last year and we just can’t keep them. They are sold out by Saturday,” she said.

Last year, it sold around 2,800 pizza frittas, also known as fried dough, which is another food item that can have people waiting in line for the festa treat. Besides getting the needed ingredients, said Pat Belden, there isn’t too much prep work to do with it.

“We make the dough right here in the kitchen, so it is on demand. We have a lot of ladies that work very dedicated. It takes a lot of people to put it together,” said Belden.

Moving away from the sweeter side, there are a variety of hearty meals to choose from, which include the 4,000 meatballs made in May. The sauce is made the week before the event.

“Cavatelli and meatball is the most popular, but they are all very popular,” said Anita Farina.

To help out with all of the massive storage, cooling and thawing needs the week before the event, Price Chopper donated one of their refrigeration trucks to help out. This isn’t the first time they’ve had the welcomed additional space. They also supply the generator to run the refrigerated storage, said Farina. There are a total of 45 businesses donating to the event.

“Price Chopper is a wonderful proponent for community work. They do help us in other ways too, too many to mention,” said Donna Denny.

After filling up on some food, there are rides and games to enjoy. All of the games were either made or bought by the church and the youth ministry runs the games. The children are also able to earn community hours for volunteering at the festa. Altogether there are more than 300 people volunteering at the event.

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