Upcoming Holiday Food Festival benefits students near, far

Tiffany TuellNovember 21, 2012 

Satisfy your sweet tooth and sample chili cooked by your local firefighters while doing a little holiday shopping accompanied by music at the Holiday Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Minarets High School Multipurpose Room. The free event will benefit Minarets sports teams and Etheridge Educational Outreach.

Some of the vendors at the event will be Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls and Yosemite Fudge Factory. There will also be chocolate and candy provided by Mountain Candies. Minarets sports teams will also be baking up a variety of baked goods to sell. Chef David Pol will be cooking up a variety of gourmet soups and breads and will also have pastries for sale baked by some of his culinary students. There will also be hamburgers and hot dogs for sale.

The Madera County Fire Department Chili Cook-off will trade their gear in for aprons and compete in a chili cook-off with tasting at 12:30 p.m.

"It's just another way we can help give back to the community," said Battalion Chief Chris Christopherson. "It's part of our nature to give back and help and it's a worthwhile cause."

EEO is a local non profit organization that is trying to bring a high school girl named Kubi from Africa to attend Minarets. By getting an American education, Kubi's future will be much brighter when she returns to Africa after high school. The outreach's mission is to help young people in need through education in the United States and overseas.

Besides ready-to-eat foods, there will also be a variety of jams, jellies, spices, and local artisans selling their crafts. Flutes of the Foothills, a group of 10 flutists, will also perform from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

"Come shop for some holiday gifts and great food," said Carlene Schrank, founder of EEO. "Your participation in this event is helping to change the lives Kubi and her family from Ghana, Africa."

Anyone interested in sponsoring a booth can do so for $25. Tax deductible donations can also be made at eeoutreach.weebly.com

Details: Carlene Schrank (559) 658-7042.

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