ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—The annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Festival for World Relief won’t be taking place in British Columbia this year, but those longing for traditional German ethnic foods can still enjoy their favourites. A Festival-to-Go event is planned for Sept. 20, allowing would-be fair and sale attendees to purchase the ever-popular vareniki (stuffed dumpling) with gravy and farmer’s sausage, watermelon, and rollkuchen (deep-fried pastry) or portzelky (raisin fritters), as long as they order ahead of time. MCC B.C. began taking food orders online Aug. 1 and will continue through Sept. 15. On Sept. 20, at designated times beginning at 3:30 p.m., cars are to drive to MCC B.C. headquarters on Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford, where purchasers can pick up their pre-ordered food. MCC is taking precautions for physical distancing and food preparation/serving to assure everyone’s health and safety. “This is a safe, clean, and physical-distancing way to get your MCC Festival food, so it is pre-order only,” says a posting on the MCC B.C. website. “No meals will be available for onsite purchase.” This year’s funds will help families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by providing agricultural training, food security, income generation and COVID-19 prevention to families living in the country’s internally displaced persons camps. Visit mccfestival.com/festival-to-go.
—Story and Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell
Watermelon and rollkuchen are among the foods for purchase at this year’s MCC Festival-to-Go in Abbotsford, B.C.