|St. Joseph's Parish Hosts 'Sharing Roots' Fest in Pittsfield|
|01:58PM / Monday, August 20, 2012|
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 9th annual Festival of Sharing Roots will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, from noon to 5 at St. Joseph's Parish on North Street. Admission is free.
Created eight years ago as way to bring people together in a peaceful way after the 9/11 tragedy, it highlights the many cultures that comprise the parish community. It is designed to recognize diversity and working together through sharing customs, food and heritage for the glory of God and the nation.
Entertainment begins at 12:30 with local vocalists, dancers and musicians throughout the afternoon. There will be a Kiddy Land with a bounce house, face painting and games. Stickers the clown will make balloon sculptures and clowing around the festival from 1 to 4.
The food booths will represent nine international cuisines each serving their favorite specialty — American, African, Brazilian, French, Irish, Italian, Latino, Lebanese and Polish.
Try Canadian meat pie, tourtiere, by the slice at the French booth or pick up jars of frozen sauce and dry noodles from the Italian booth to take home in addition to meatballs, sausage grinders and cookies.
There will also be a traditional food basket raffle, Chinese raffle and lottery ticket raffle. A White Elephant tag sale will take place on the grounds of the church. The craft area is being expanded this year to allow more crafters the opportunity to participate.
Those attending are welcome to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the afternoon.