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Food festival benefits Phoenixville's post prom


By Heather Tyrrell, Phoenix Editor, editor@phoenixvillenews.com

Friday, March 22, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE — Bring your appetite to Phoenixville Area High School on April 6.
F.O.C.U.S. (For Our Children’s Uncomprimised Safety) is hosting its second annual Food Festival that will benefit Phoenixville’s post prom celebration from 5 to 8 p.m.
F.O.C.U.S.’ mission is “to provide a safe alternative to other parties where drugs and alcohol may be present, parties that may be unsupervised, or situations that can lead to destructive decisions.”
The post prom has kept more than 4,000 teens safe throughout the last 12 years, said Deb McGinn, F.O.C.U.S. steering committee chairperson.
Restaurants or specialty food shoppes that will be returning to the festival are Nook & Cranny Cafe, Bistro on Bridge, Molly Maguire’s, Pats Pizza, Iced by Betsy, Bridge Street Chocolates and Petrucci’s Ice Cream and Water Ice. New to the festival this year are Bridgeside Deli & Grille, Fenice Creolo, El Burrito, Artisans Gallery & Cafe, Bella Napoli and Pepperoncini Sotto.
“We added Artisans because a lot of people asked for coffee last year and a lot of students go to Artisans during the summer,” McGinn said.
Last year 160 people supported the festival, McGinn said.
“It was a good turnout,” she said. “This year we are hoping for more.”
The cafeteria can accommodate 160 to 200 people, McGinn said.
In addition to sampling food from various restaurants, attendees can enjoy desserts made by Taylor Quay from Technical College High School, Pickering Campus.
Quay, of Phoenixville, is participating in the festival for her senior project.
She said she became interested in participating after she found out more about the festival.
“I was interested because it gives people of taste of what you can do and make,” Quay said.
She will be making caramel brownie bites, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake bars and fairy cakes.
Quay explained the fairy cakes are cupcakes using a cone to fill in the pastry at the top.
She decided to make the brownie bites because she found them on Pinterest, a social media website.
After graduation, Quay is going to attend Johnson and Wales in Colorado where she is planning to get her associate’s degree in baking and pastry and bachelor’s degree in food service management.
“I think (Technical College High School, Pickering Campus) helped me choose my career,” she said. “If I didn’t go here, I wouldn’t be attending Johnson and Wales. I would be going to community college.”
The festival not only offers food samplings, but also entertainment. For the second year in a row, Chris and Kellina Holt will be performing. Josh Granese is a new musical performer this year. He recently audtioned for “America’s Got Talent,” McGinn said.
Attendees will have the chance to win prizes during the basket raffle and Phillies ticket raffle. Beloved characters Winnie the Pooh, the Cat in the Hat and Minnie Mouse will pose for pictures with children.
During the event attendees can give spare change for another fundraiser for Mom’s House, Change to Make a Change. Families that donate spare change will get a free basket raffle ticket.
Only 30 tickets are available at the door so those interested are encouraged to order tickets online at http://2ndannualfocusfoodfest.charityhappenings.org. Participants can pay by Paypal or mail a check. Instructions are available on the event’s website.