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Posted on Oct 11, 2018

Celebration will take attendees around the world with tasty dishes

The food of the world will come to Quincy on Saturday.
At Celebration of Cultures, dishes from around the world will be on display for people to try, taste and learn about.
The celebration, organized by the Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum, seeks to teach people about one another’s cultures, and one way to do that is by sharing eats and treats from all over the globe.
Pakora (pah-CORE-uh) from India, pupusas (poo-POO-suss) from El Salvador, tacos from Mexico, mochi (MO-chee) and sushi from Japan, trifles from England, ollie bollen from Holland, are among the goodies that people will be able to check out at the event.
Celebration of Cultures replaces Harvest Days as the historical society’s big autumn party after more than a decade and a half.
The dishes will all be made, either in advance or on site, by local people, bringing a homey touch to the exotic flavor of the dishes.
Janice Van Diest will bring olie bollen, a Dutch dessert similar to a doughnut filled with shredded apple, currants and raisins, and she will bring banket, another Dutch pastry filled with almond paste. She and friends from her church, Christian Reformed Church, will be making them.
“And not all of them are Dutch,” said Van Diest, whose grandparents came from the Netherlands. “There are a couple of the ladies who are helping who are just really excited about it.”
Some of the dishes may have a little more of Quincy in them than meets the eye.
Mochi is a rice pastry filled with sweetened beans, said Beryl Goto, who will bring mochi, sushi and trifle to the event.
“The beans are the same beans David Weber grows, so these might be Quincy beans,” Goto said. Weber is a longtime farmer in the area.
Goto is British, and her husband is Japanese-American, which helps explains the diversity in the dishes she’s bringing. Goto said she chose those three dishes because of their traditional quality in Japan and England.
“I just thought I would try to blend those cultures with these different foods,” Goto said, later adding, “We got different cultures in Quincy, and we’ve got to celebrate those cultures.”

Schedule of events for Celebration of Cultures
On the grounds, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pony rides, $5 each
Child Fellowship Evangelism Story Barn
American Legion
Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, from Walla Walla
Sons of the American Revolution, from Tri-Cities
Craft booths: rubbing painting, gyotaku, from Japan, yarn loom from Scotland, and more.
Food booths: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., food from Japan, England, Mexico, Holland, El Salvador, India, and pioneer fried bread and fresh apple juice. $2 per taste, with tickets for sale at the info booth.

Musical events:
Mariachi Huenachi, 10 a.m.
Quincy High School Choir, Americana Music, 10:45-11:15 a.m., in the Pioneer Church.
Kalalaya Classical Indian Dance troupe, noon.
Irish Step Dance and Americana Clogging by Dance FX, 1:15 p.m.
Ballet Sol y Luna, 2:15 p.m.

Spoken word:
Arnold Cleveland, member of the Wenatchi and Colville tribes, 10:30 a.m. at the Pioneer Church
Bertha Dearie, presentation on Dia De Los Muertos, time TBA.
Ceremony of Oneness: Remarks by Mayor Paul Worley, parade of flags, presentation of the colors, raising of the flag on new flagpole, and QHS Choir performance of the National Anthem. 2 p.m.
David Fenner, presenting “Tapestry of Faith,” on Middle Eastern cultural and religious diversity, 2:15 p.m.


By Sebastian Moraga,