What’s not to love at an international food festival? Needless to say, the variety of ethnic foods served at the Church of God were more than enough to satisfy everybody’s taste buds. With a slate of meats, pastries and fried foods from all around the world, guests ate to their heart’s content. Through this event, on July 30, the Church of God in Ridgewood opened its doors to the community once more.
It’s a given that an international food festival calls for multicultural foods—so, why not diverse attendees? Nonetheless, this was the scene at the World Mission Society Church of God on Sunday. About 80 guests hailing various backgrounds came to enjoy food from 18 different booths. Each booth sported its own country’s colors with fabrics, flags, posters and little knickknacks. Represented countries include Italy, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Ghana, the Philippines and South Korea. Additionally, each booth provided signature foods and drinks for guests to taste test.
Shortly after the event kicked off, some talented Church members showcased their singing and dancing skills. One member covered South African singer Miriam Makeba’s “Malaika” with beautiful vocalizations. Another performance featured a traditional Indian song called “Welcome” along with a dance routine. The atmosphere was heart-warming, as guests viewed the performances with their families while enjoying an assortment of ethnic delights.
One guest exclaimed with surprise and joy that he was so happy seeing such ethnic diversity in one place. Such an anomaly is nothing new to the Church of God, as the members themselves consist of various backgrounds and nationalities.
Since the World Mission Society Church of God values all teachings in the Bible, the members naturally demonstrate racial tolerance and acceptance in their communities. Moreover, the Church of God hopes that events like the international food festival can continue to bring communities together in such an extraordinary way.