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Annual St. Vincent's fundraiser boasts range of Hispanic, Anglo food

St. Vincent de Paul’s annual parish festival is shaping up to be a smorgasbord, with pizza from different restaurants every hour and authentic Mexican food prepared by parishioners.

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Elkhart parish, said festival co-chair John Karasch. Sales from the festival will fund programs at St. Vincent Church.

The festival, set for August 23, will start with a rummage sale at 9 a.m. and food will be served starting at 11 a.m.

Karasch said St. Vincent’s prides itself on the range of Hispanic and Anglo food at the festival. Parishioners will prepare food from tortas to tamales, which Karasch said are always a big draw. 

Local Italian restaurants Volcano Pizza, Bruno’s Pizza, Michael’s, Antonio’s, Colombo’s Pizza, Vesuvio Pizza and Milano’s Pizza are all donating pizza. The parish will also serve grilled chicken sandwiches, Italian sausage sandwiches from Antonio’s and elephant ears from Volcano Pizza.

There’s no admission fee, but each dish costs.

“I don’t think there’s anything more than $5,” Karasch said. “We don’t want to price people out of food and the different options.”

There will also be a beer garden, sponsored by the Elkhart Knights of Columbus, and live music.

St. Vincent de Paul Church was cut off from regular Main Street traffic in Elkhart by overpass construction, but visitors can access it via Prairie Street and Stocker Court. The festival will last 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 23 and will be held at the church at 1108 S. Main St. in Elkhart.

This story has been updated to include Volcano Pizza in the list of donors.

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