Cultural Food Tour Planned in Center, South Wheeling

WHEELING — Some of Wheeling’s best known food traditions will be highlighted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 during a self-guided Cultural Food Tour, the brainchild of Wheeling Heritage. Explore the rich cultural foodways of Center and South Wheeling with authentic ethnic foods.

This event will allow participants to experience the traditional foods that are still being produced by local religious and community organizations. The tour will include Lebanese food from Our Lady of Lebanon Church, German food from St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, Ukrainian food from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Polish food from Polish American Patriot Club, Gus’s Goodies, and more.

Here’s how it works. Sign up online at wheelingheritage.org. Participants of this self-guided tour will check in at the South Wheeling Preservation Alliance museum, at 3501 Jacob St. From there, participants will then be instructed to visit participating locations in any order. There is a $20 fee and children under 10 are free. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours now. Tickets will only be available at the door based on availability.

“This event ties into our mission to be a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling. We work to accomplish that mission by recognizing, communicating, and preserving Wheeling’s heritage — and engaging the citizens of Wheeling in our work. This event is a perfect way to share the rich cultural heritage of our city. It provides a unique experience for Wheeling residents to learn about foods and communities they may not interact with on a regular basis,” said Alex Weld, director of operations at Wheeling Heritage.

Stops on the food tour include:

∫ Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Lebanese: Kibbee

∫ St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, German: Bratwurst and sauerkraut

∫ Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ukrainian: Pierogies

∫ PAP — Polish American Patriot Club, Polish: Kielbasa

∫ And at South Wheeling Preservation Alliance, Wheeling Heritage will be providing Greek cookies (baklava, kourabiedes, and koulouria) and from Gus’s Goodies


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