Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Poplar Springs Drive United Methodist Church Fall Food Festival kicks off this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church located on 40th Street at Poplar Springs Drive.
Proceeds from the annual festival, which serves as the church's main fundraiser for the year, go to local missions such as Meals on Wheels, South Harbor Shelter, Care Lodge, and a special Love’s Kitchen project.
The Fall Food Festival started out as a fundraiser so the church could add an education building with a gym and an updated kitchen with the main intent of community outreach. Today that building houses the church's after school program and is also used for day school.
"Now proceeds also go to local missions so we can also reach out into the community beyond our walls," according to a church press release.
One of the big draws of the festival are the Boston butts.
"Fresh, not frozen Boston butts are picked up early Friday morning and slow-cooked all day long by men of the church," the press release states. "The ladies step in to help when the time comes to take the butts off of the pits and wrap them up for the crew to pull the meat early on the Saturday morning of the festival."
Church members also make their special homemade festival cole slaw that has been used for nearly 30 years.
"We also have a baked bean recipe that doesn’t disappoint our customers year after year," according to the press release.
A baked and frozen goods sale starts promptly at 10 a.m.
"We have wonderful cooks who donate a plentiful supply of cakes, cookies, pies, breads, sweet treats and savory casseroles, chilies, soups and gumbos," according to the press release. "The pineapple side-dish is a sweet and savory favorite."
There will be several activities for children, including face painting, a cake walk, football toss, and bean bag toss.
Slow-roasted pulled pork plates will be available for $7 and will include baked beans, cole slaw and Mississippi bread. Delivery will be available in Meridian for orders of five or more plates. Whole Boston butts can be purchased by reservation only for $30.
To place a delivery order or reserve a whole Boston butt, call 601-485-5598, extension 123 by Friday.