TIS THE SEASON of church dinners.
Although I’ve never partaken in the one at The Church of the Nativity in Cleveland, I’ve attended plenty of others in southern Minnesota. Church dinner food is typically homemade, the draw for me, along with the fellowship.
If I wasn’t already busy this Sunday, August 4, I’d head west to Cleveland, which sits along State Highway 99 six miles east of St. Peter, to this Catholic church dinner and festival.
Since I can’t review the food, I’ll award these dinner promoters five stars for creative and eye-catching roadside signage.
To learn more about the dinner, I checked out the church website (click here) where the meal is tagged as “Men’s Chicken Dinner & Parish Festival.” Now I’m certain women and children are welcome. I assume the “men’s dinner” means the men are cooking the advertised “fabulous broasted chicken.”
In addition, baked potatoes, creamy cucumbers, baked beans, pie and beverages will be served. Homemade pie. The best.
Food will be served from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mass starts at 8:30 a.m.
Besides food, the festival offers your usual games, beer garden (this was an initial surprise for me, a Lutheran, to discover beer at a church event) and silent auction. The Church of the Nativity also has an antique car show and a coffee bar, neither of which I’ve seen at a parish fest.
Next year this event is going on my list of must-attend church festivals.
FYI: I’d recommend attending these three church dinners:
Click here to read about the Veseli Ho-Down, Most Holy Trinity’s annual parish festival and dinner. This event is held in late August. Great food, music, games and more.
Click here to read about the annual church dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural North Morristown. The dinner is served in mid-October in the church basement. Excellent, excellent food.
Also, check out the website, Church Cuisine of Minnesota, for stories and photos of other church dinners.
HAVE YOU ATTENDED an outstanding church dinner and/or festival? if so please share in a comment to this post.
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