POCATELLO —Those looking for an inexpensive international getaway should head to Pocatello this weekend.
That’s because Holy Spirit Catholic Community is holding its 21st annual International Food Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The event will take place on the street in front of St. Anthony Church at 524 N. Seventh Ave.
Organizers say the family-friendly fair gives people a chance to try a variety of foods from different countries and enjoy some entertainment.
“We want everybody in town to come if they can,” said Debbie Gallegos, Holy Spirit administrative assistant.
This year’s fair will feature Filipino, Basque, Puerto Rican, Colombian, Mexican, German, American and Irish food booths. Organizers say they will also have Navajo tacos and, new this year, Finnish foods.
The foods are made by Holy Spirit members who have some type of connection to the countries they’re representing.
“Almost all are from that country or have family from that country,” Gallegos said.
The booths will offer a variety of foods, including bratwurst and sauerkraut, corn beef and potatoes, fried plantains, baked apples, tacos, nachos, pancit (noodles), egg rolls, arroz con chorizo (a rice dish), hamburgers and hot dogs among others.
“It’s hard to say which is best,” Gallegos said. “It’s all really good.”
They will also serve sliced fruit, ice cream, pie and other desserts as well as drinks — water, soda, coffee, beer and wine — during the event.
Gallegos said they will sell $1 tickets that people can use to purchase the foods that range in price from a few dollars for single items to $8 for combo meals.
“If you want to try it all, you will be here all day long,” Gallegos said.
But that’s OK since the fair runs through both the lunch and dinner hours. And there will be plenty to do between bites.
They will have dance performances and music throughout the day. They will also offer tours of their renovated campus and new middle school wing.
In addition, there will be an International Mass at 5 p.m.
Gallegos said they will also hold a 50/50 raffle during the event. Tickets cost $1 a piece or $5 for six, and the winner gets to take home half the pot. They will also raffle off a John Deere diesel lawn tractor. Tickets for that cost $20 a piece.
Gallegos says proceeds from the event will be used for Holy Spirit’s ministries and improvements to its facilities.
“It’s our biggest fundraiser for our parish,” she said, adding that it’s also a great way for them to connect with the community.