By Michael Alexander, Staff Photographer | Published August 18, 2016
LITHIA SPRINGS—Hundreds of parishioners attended the Taste of St. John Vianney Church in Lithia Springs on Saturday, Aug. 6. Under various tents cuisine from Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and South America was served to eager patrons.
In addition to the food, the festival included games, face painting, music and a large water slide for the children. For a small donation one could throw a cream pie at the pastor, Father Ignacio Morales, and other parish leaders. There was also an opportunity to try your hand at karaoke.
It had been five years since the parish had put on an international festival, so they changed the name to the Taste of St. John Vianney Church and had its timing coincide with the Aug. 4 feast day of the parish patron saint. The proceeds are going toward repair work on the church and it is hoped enough money will be raised so the Taste becomes self-funding.
A number of parish members chipped in to pull the event together. Scott Evans was responsible for the entertainment; Frank Moran was in charge of logistics; Josephine Sabillo, Carmen Diaz and Trina Burke solicited food; and Deacon Frank Przybylek was the chairperson, who also handled advertising and marketing.