Fifteen years ago, the West Side Pioneer Association invited people to sample international foods to raise money for historical education. The festival became a sold-out annual fundraiser.
The association will team with Soroptimist International of Tracy/Daybreak on Sunday for its 15th annual International Food Festival. People can sample Chinese, Indian, Hawaiian, Filipino, Mexican and American cuisine from 20 local restaurants.
Money raised will pay for elementary students to tour the Tracy Historical Museum and the Historic Lammersville School. Students learn about the history of Tracy when they try their hands at quilting, churning butter and writing with an antique pen.
“They learn about such things in history books, but when they’re able to have hands-on experiences, it’s so much more meaningful to them,” West Side Pioneer chair coordinator Anne Rhodes said.
Money raised will also go to Soroptimist International, which helps pay for mammogram equipment, checkups and flu shots.
Local orchestra trio Ashere will serenade festivalgoers, and dance group Central Valley Swing Kat will perform. Each table will be decked with an international theme.