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A celebration of food, dance and music

St. Matthew Catholic Church is inviting the public to its International Fall Festival — a twist on a 75-year tradition.

In addition to the German-style dinner community members have come to expect each October — with roast beef, pork loin stuffed with sausage, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and spiced cabbage — there will be a variety of options from around the world.

Attendees can choose the German dinner, Indian cuisine, Mexican food, a Filipino meal or burgers and fries. There will also be an Italian café with authentic Italian sodas and coffee, ice cream and desserts.

“If you’re coming expecting the old stuff, you’re going to get it in addition to the new stuff,” said Maureen Teeter, a volunteer. “We have such an active and diverse group of parishioners who wanted to share something from their culture.”

The festival will be this Sunday, Oct. 27, at 475 S.E. Third Ave in Hillsboro. It is expected to draw between 2,000 and 3,000 people.

About 500 volunteers organize the event, which is a fundraiser for the parish and St. Vincent de Paul.

Along with the international cuisines, there will be live music and dance performances.

There will also be a carnival, car show, basket raffle and the ever-popular pie and candy booths.

The festival runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Food booths open at 11 a.m., and meals cost between $5 and $10.

The fall festival started out seven and a half decades ago with parishioners selling harvested goods. Since then, it has been transformed.

“St. Matthew’s has become very international, and our main community celebration should reflect that,” said Father Peter Arteaga, the parish’s pastor.

“It’s intended as a community builder,” added Teeter. “St. Matthew’s is part of the community, sharing our faith with those who may not share the same faith.”




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