The first full weekend in August finds the Cathedral of All Souls hosting the Village Arts and Crafts Fair. We offer our grounds to artists of all kinds. On Saturday and Sunday our church fills with tents and looks like a renaissance fair. To continue the hospitality to our artists and guests we provide food; lots and lots of food. Our parishioners donate food and their time and money to allow us to make sandwiches, hot dogs and brats, and lots of sweets. The profits from these sales are then placed in our outreach budget and given to many local non-profits in the form of annual grants.

From the 2016 Annual Report:

The first full weekend in August finds the Cathedral of All Souls hosting the Village Arts and Crafts Fair. We offer our grounds to artists of all kinds. On Saturday and Sunday our church fills with tents and looks like a renaissance fair.

To continue the hospitality to our artists and guests we provide food; lots and lots of food. Our parishioners donate food and their time and money to allow us to make sandwiches, hot dogs and brats, and lots of sweets. The profits from these sales are then placed in our outreach budget and given to many local non-profits in the form of annual grants. For more information on the beneficiaries of these grants, see the Outreach Committee report on page 18.

To me, though, the focus of the food booth is in our inreach. It’s in the person who normally goes to the 7:45 service working in the kitchen alongside a few 9:00’ers and 11:15’ers, making new friendships and getting to know each other while working together for a wonderful reason. It’s the EYC gang helping us older folk unload and repack supplies, running food to the porches, selling popcorn and sweets, and making sandwiches. Seeing the joy and competition between porch sellers as they auction off the last meatloaf sandwich. Watching the pride of the pound cake bakers when they deliver the cakes the crowds rush to then purchase. It’s in the elder sandwich makers helping the younger crowd learn how to make the perfect sandwich. There is a job for every age and new friendships to be made.

In 2016 we computerized the signup sheets so we could keep track of volunteer numbers. We had 105 people sign up to make food or work the fair (many doing both) and estimate another thirty to forty parishioners who just showed up to help wherever they could. These hardy folks allowed us to sell over 950 sandwiches, 550 Hickory Nut Gap Farms hot dogs and brats, hundreds of packages of cookies, cakes ,and brownies, and gallons and gallons of iced tea, lemonade, and Pepsi products. We added beer sales in 2016 and have decided to try again next year.

How can you help the 2017 Taste of Heaven Food Booth? This year we would like to extend our hospitality to our guests (and parishioners) and expand our van service to offsite parking. If each parishioner took advantage of using this service we could offer even more village parking spaces to our guests. If we had enough van drivers (and someone to organize them) we could even offer offsite parking to the artists and craft seeking guests.

We can always use more bodies during the fair to do the dozens of jobs that make the Food Booth run smoothly. We have a great base of volunteers that help out every year, but could use a lot more! With slicers and dicers, sandwich makers, re-stockers, sellers, baked-good packagers, van drivers, set-up and clean-up crews, and van drivers, we can find a job for everyone!

To those who prefer behind the scenes we definitely need meatloaf makers, turkey breast bakers, ham purchasers and those wonderful bakers who make cakes, brownies and cookies. 

It surely takes a village to put on this production! Thanks to all who helped make the 2016 Food Booth such a success, and hoping that many more will join us in this wonderful weekend of In-reach as well as Outreach to our community!

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