St. John's has people representing over 60 nationalities and they seem to celebrate everything. A good portion of the festivities are free such as the Nigerian Yam Festival on October 18th after the 12:30 mass. Here is my report of the dinner which is cooked by the Nigerian parishioners.
Who knew that this would have been Carmen Miranda's 100th birthday ... the Brazilian parishioners at St. John's that's who. The Brazilian Cultural festival on Sept 27th from 10 am to 4 pm will include a tribute to Miss Miranda as well as Brazilian music, crafts and food.
While I have been to the Portuguese festa, Chinese New Year, Filipino Simbang Gabi and probably a few others I'm forgetting, I haven't been to the Brazilian festival or the International Festival this weekend Sept 20 which will have an International Food Court offering African-American, Chinese, Filipino, German, Italian, Mexican Nigerian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes.
So don't know how good these will be or the charges for food. However for anyone interested, those are the dates.
St John the Baptist Catholic Church
11150 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA