Our church has a Second Shift program in the summer on Tuesdays from 6pm-9pm where newcomers, beginners and veteran bakers/cooks help prepare noodles and baked goods for this year's International Village. Come for an hour or stay the whole evening. International Village 2015 will be on August 11-13, 2015 from 3pm-10pm.
International Village is an ethnic food festival that is the during the third full week of August. The Village attracts tens of thousands of people from all over to congregate in Renzie Park, located southeast of Pittsburgh (at Renzie Park, near McKeesport Area High School, Penn State McKeesport/ Greater Allegheny)
Admission for 2015 is $2. This is a traditional ethnic food festival, so bring cash because most of the food booths do not accept checks or cards. The Village website: http://www.mckeesportinternationalvillage.com/
Participating in McKeesport's ethnic food fest, International Village, is our church's largest fundraising effort each year. Our church's members, friends, and family are all volunteers who give of their precious time to help the church ... it's been a success year after year. For decades, we have sold home-made Hungarian hot foods and pastries to represent the Hungarian-American community. The festival has a main stage with continuous entertainment including polka dancing with a live band from 3pm-10pm each night. Under the Blue Top Pavilion are the crafts tables and a different live band performing each night! Between the Blue Top Pavilion and the Main Stage is the children's area as well as local groups' booths (McKeesport's Carnegie Free Library, McKeesport's Police Department, etc.) Our church's website is proud to be the main link on ABOUT.COM as well: http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/events/l/bl_calendar.htm?trumbaEmbed=template%3Dmonth%26calendar%3Dabout_pittsburgh%26widget%3Dmain%26eventid%3D95891643%26view%3Devent
We make our own menu and support local businesses by buying fresh, local vegetables and patronizing a local bakery for the fresh rye bread for our delicious bacon fry.
**HUNGARIAN BOOTH MENU
Kolbász Szendvics: home-made Hungarian sausage on rye bread served with or without sauerkraut
Töltött Káposzta: Stuffed cabbage (we use ground beef) served with rye bread
Káposztás Kocka (Haluska): Cabbage and noodles (can be topped with salt or sugar, never both)
Zsiroskenyér: Greasy bread/bacon fry (we roast high-quality pork fat rubbed with Hungarian paprika on a wood-fire then press the pork onto rye bread and cover it with fresh vegetables like cucumbers, green peppers, red onions and/or tomatoes. Sometimes called a "szalonna sütés"
Paprikás Csirke Nokedlivel: Chicken paprikash with dumplings
Palacsinta: Hungarian crepes with sweetened cottage cheese or apricot filling, served with or without powdered sugar on top
Csöröge: Fried bread-like dough in diamond shapes served with powdered sugar
Beigli (Mákos, Diós És Barack Lekváros): Long rolls (poppyseed, walnut, or apricot filling)
Rácsos Tészta (Ananász És Barack Lekváros): Triple deckers (two kinds: pineapple with walnut or apricot with walnut)
Kifli (Diós És Barack Lekváros): Kiffles or cold dough cookies filled with walnut or apricot
PLUS: Fánk (a deep-fried, yeasty dough covered in sugar that looks like a donut), Butter-cream or apricot fluff pastries (made with light-as-air filo dough), and home-made apple squares
Visit http://www.wpxi.com/video/20480503/ or click here for a WPXI video about International Village 2009. There will be a 10-30 second ad, then at :53 seconds into the video you see the Hungarian baked goods we provide as well as church members volunteering. At 1:19 in the video you see one of our church members sporting a church shirt.
2011 article about International Village: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/dailynewsmckeesport/s_751662.html
The William Penn Association Magyar Folk Dancers represent the Hungarian American community and our church's Hungarian booth at International Village. They performed two nights in 2008, one night in 2009, & two nights in 2010 & 2011, one night in 2012, 2013, 2014. Here's a link to the 2010 article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_695684.html#