The nearly 35 vendors included Trinciti Roti Shop, Jack & Nellie’s, Rove, Tuscan Hills, Portofino, Matiz, La Dolce Italia Bakery, La Vigna, Rimtin, Buffalo Wild Wings, Keuka Kafe, Agra Palace, Bund, Violet’s Vietnamese Shoppe Guantanamera, Dani’s Pizzeria, Shogun Hibachi, Xin Taste Lan Zhou Noodles, Banter, Manor Oktoberfest, Alberto's, The Reef, Knish Nosh and Cobblestone's Pub and Starbucks Coffee.
New vendors this year included Fay Da Bakery, Layla’s Delicacies, Deasura and Compadres77 Mexican Restaurant.
This year, Denise De Maria and her fellow organizers designed a card listing all the vendors that patrons can show if they visit a restaurant.
“Restaurants sometimes say that they’ll support the event, but they’re not sure if they get something from it, so this is a good takeaway,” De Maria said.
Over 200 people attended this year’s festival, one of the highest turnouts in recent years.
“The event is getting bigger and bigger every year,” said Robin Sorsaia.
This year’s raffle prizes came from Foodtown, Panera Bread, Austin’s Ale House, The Wine Room of Forest Hills, Nick’s Bistro, Trader Joe's, Woodhaven House and Young Chefs Academy of Forest Hills among others.
Dozens of volunteers from the parish and the school worked together to serve food.
First-time volunteer Regina Scudellari manned the Reef’s Restaurant table. She found out about the event from the church’s grapevine and is already planning to volunteer again next year.
“This has been a wonderful experience,” she said. “It’s a community event that’s great for the restaurants in the area because it’s all about their food.
“It also celebrates multiculturalism, which is lovely thing because we’re Americans,” Scudellari added. “It’s a little bit of where we all come from, and I think that’s fantastic.”