The international food festival, now in its seventh year, brought together members of the community and local businesses for a day of indulgence.
Dozens of volunteers dished out food from local eateries such as Tuscan Hills, La Vigna, La Dolce Italia Bakery, La Boulangerie, Shake Shack, Trinciti Roti Shop and Don Alex to nearly 200 attendees.
Father Francis Passenant believes the event is successful each year because it’s a chance for the community to get out and socialize while supporting the church and local businesses.
“A lot of times, people are coming out of the doldrums of winter, and they’re looking for something to do and a place to go,” he said. “They know the restaurants in the neighborhood are very good, so they want to try what the restaurants offer, especially if they haven’t yet been to a place.
“A lot of the neighborhood joins us, so we’re grateful to have our neighbors come as well,” he added.
Coordinator Denise De Maria explained that the event is always changing because the lineup of restaurants is always evolving. This year’s new participants included Guantanamera and Paris Baguette.
“It’s always a lot of hard work, but I have to give a lot of credit to our very dedicated volunteers who especially worked hard this year,” De Maria said. “There’s a lot of coordinating, but everyone did a great job.”
For example, she explained that just a few weeks ago, the organizers realized that they didn’t have enough bakery representation at the event.
Thanks to the help of a volunteer who went and personally spoke with a number of businesses in the area, bakeries like Homestead Gourmet Shop and Oxford Bake Shop ended up bringing their tasty treats to the event.
This year’s Taste of the World featured the most participating restaurants I the history of the event. The money raised benefits the parish.
“We’ve been coming over the years,” said local resident Karen Russo, who attended the event with her family members. “It’s good to support the church and overall community, which is important.”