Peach season in full swing at St. Vincent de Paul Church
With the peach season in full harvest, volunteers from the St. Vincent de Paul Church are now in full baking mode for its upcoming Peach Festival.
Volunteers have begun the process of making the much sought-after jam and peach pies for the event, which has been planned for Sunday, Aug. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the grounds of St. Vincent de Paul Church on Picton St.
The festival is attended by thousands of people each year.
“It’s not only the locals who attend, but also the dedicated tourists that come for the festival each year,” says Maria Bau-Coote, church volunteer.
MaryAnn Bryeczka, Peach Festival Committee member, extends credit to the numerous church volunteers who assist making the pies and jam each year.
Bryeczka has been the head pie maker for the Peach Festival for the past three years.
“MaryAnn makes amazing pastry,” Bau-Coote said. “So, I asked her if she would like to do this three years ago and she is still doing it today.”
Bryeczka explains that the sales from the Peach benefit help with the upkeep of the Parish hall. This past year, the parish was able to upgrade the kitchen’s refrigeration system and install a stair lift, making the hall more accessible for individuals with mobility challenges.
The Peach Festival will see the return of many favourites, including entertainment by Linda and Jackie, the traditional barbecue and fresh corn, kids’ crafts, Pig Out and the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs. The Elephant table will open at 8:30 a.m.
In addition to the pies and baskets of fresh peaches, there will be peach punch, peach jam, peach pie by the slice, peach sundaes and crepes.
Source: Jennifer Chornley, St. Catharines Standard, Aug 01, 2016.