The annual Woodstock International Food Festival of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church returns next weekend in a hybrid format, serving a variety of flavors through both a drive-thru and in-person options.
Last year, because of COVID-19, the festival transitioned into a drive-thru format. This year, Father Matthew Dutko of St. Elizabeth said the church will keep the drive-thru, and combine it with the traditional in-person format.
“We had such a good experience doing the drive-thru last year that we decide we wanted to keep it as an available option for people who are still concerned with COVID-19 and may be affected by it,” he said. “We will bring the in-person aspect back as well, with many vendors lined up and live music.”
The free to attend festival will have food prepared by church members, from traditions across continents including South America and Europe. Favorites like the pierogi will return, and new items such as Brazilian steak and Italian/Greek chicken spiedies will make their debut. Dutko said prices range from $5 to $15.
“Part of the profits will go towards helping the community, like Woodstock food banks for example,” Dutko said.
Dutko said the event drew about 200 cars last year, and that, with the hybrid format this year, he expects about 5,000 people to attend.
“We will be ready to serve that many people this year, that’s for sure,” Dutko said. “We are making more pierogis than we ever have before due to its popularity.”
People interested in the festival can order online, or in-person. For more information, visit www.woodstockinternationalfoodfestival.com.
The festival is serving food from noon to 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the church, 2263 E. Cherokee Drive, Woodstock.