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     For many people who attend International Village, the food is the main attraction. This year, 17 nationalities will offer some of their traditional food to this year's festival-goers. 
AUSTRIA

    Funnel Cakes with fruit or chocolate - $8

    Lemonade - $4 small, $6 large

    Corn Dogs - $5

    Soft Jumbo Pretzel - $5

    Apple Strudel - $4

CROATIAN

   Sarma (stuffed cabbage)

   Kielbasa with sauerkraut

   Hot Dogs

   Sauerkraut & Bean Soup

   Pirogis

   Haluski

   Croatian potato salad (with oil and vinegar)

   Palacinka (crepe with apricot, rasberry or cheese filling)

   Medenjaci (honey cake)
EGYPTIAN

   Chicken Shawarma Sandwich - $9

   Falafel Sandwich - $7

   Lamb Pie - $6

   Spinach with Feta Pie - $6

   Stuffed Grape Leaves - 4 for $5

   Hummous Dip - $6

   Baba Gannouj Dip - $6

   Tabbouleh Salad - $6

   Baklava - $4/square

   Chocolate Covered Almond Roll - $3

   Lemonade - $3 small, $6 large

   Coffee - $2

FRANCE: Menu not available

GERMANY

    Sauerkraut Balls

    German Pretzels

    Haluska

    Bratwurst

    Pierogies

    Potato Pancakes

    Cabbage Rolls

    Knockwurst

    German Sausage

    German Schnizel

    Lemonade
GHANA (African American)

   Southern Fried Wing Dinner - $16

   Barbecue Rib Dinner - $18

   Slab - $27; half slab - $17

   Barbecue Pigs Feet - $11

   Southern Fried Chicken Wings - 6 for $12

   Barbecue Sandwich - $12

   (Two sides with every dinner)

   Sides by the Bowl:

   Southern Tenders (collard greens) - $5

   Red Rice - $5

   Hoppin Johns (red beans and rice) - $5

   Corn Bread or White Bread - $2

   Desserts:

   Sweet Potato Pie - $12 whole, $4 by the slice

GREEK

   Gyro with homemade sauce - $10

   Lamb Souvlaki - $12

   Mousaka - $9

   Pastitsio - $9

   Stuffed Peppers - $9

   Strifto - $6

   Cheese Strifto - $6

   Spanakopeta - $5

   Dolmades - $1.50

   Pastries:

   Baklava - $7

   Apple, Peach or Blueberry Pita - $4

   Koulourakia - $9 per dozen

   Kourambiethes - $7 for 6

   Melomakarone - $7 for 6

   Ipirotiko - $7

   Bougatsa - $6

   Galactobureko - $6

   Coconut Macaroons - $9 for 6

   Petit Fours - $13

   Nut Horns - $11 per dozen

   Ladylocks - $12 per dozen

   Honeyballs - $5 for 7

HAWAIIAN - Menu Not Available

HUNGARIAN 

    Toltott Kaposzta (stuffed cabbage)

    Lesco (Hungarian Pepper Stew)

    Langos (Fried Dough)

    Paprikash Csirke (Chicken Paprikash)
ITALIAN 

    Stuffed Banana Peppers

    Gnochi

    Meat Balls

    Italian Beef

​    Italian Provolone Wheel
LEBANESE

   Gyro Sandwich - $9

   Falafel Sandwich - $7

   Baked Kibbee - $6

   Stuffed Grapeleaves - 4 for $5

   Spinach Pie - $6

   Spinach Pie with Feta - $6

   Meat Pie - $6

   Hummous Dip - $6

   Baba Gannouj Dip - $6

   Tabbouleh Salad - $6

   Baklava - $4 per square

   Apricot Roll - $3

   Lemonade - $3 small, $6 large

   Coffee - $2

MEXICO

    Smoked Chicken Nachos

    Pork Barbecue Tacos

    Chicken Quesadillas

    Churros

PHILIPPINES

    Main:

    Lumpiang shanghai (spring roll) - 7 pieces $5

    Lumpiang gulay (vegetable spring roll) - $3, 2 for $5

    Empanada de Manila (chicken turnover) - $3, 2 for $5

    Inihaw na Manok (grilled chicken) - $8

    Pancit Bihon (stir fried noodles) - $7

    Adobo Rice Bowl (braised chicken on rice) - $8

    Kanin (rice) - $2

    Combo: Inihaw na Manok, Pancit, Lumpiang shanghai (3 pieces) - $15

    Rice Bowl Specials of the Day:

    Day 1 - Lechon Kawali (deep fried pork belly) - $10

    Day 2 - Caldereta (beef stew) - $10

    Day 3 - Arroz a la Filiniana (pork, beef stir fry with fried banana and fried egg) - $10

    Dessert:

    Turon (fried banana Wrap) - $3, 2 for $5

    Leche Flan - $3

    Biko (rice cake) - $3

    Puto (rice cake) - $3, 2 for $5

    Drinks:

    Melon Juice (canteloupe drink) - $2

    Calamansi Juice with Honey (Filipino lemonade) - $2

POLAND

    Pierogies - feta spinach, potato cheese, crab, jalapeno potato cheese, sweet cabbage, lekvar, sauerkraut

    Stuffed Cabbage

    Kielbasa

    Haluski
SWEDISH

   Apple dumplings
TAIWAN

    Terryaki Chicken Skewer - $12; with rice and noodle, $17

    Shrimp rice and noodle - $15

    Vegetable Rice and Noodle - $7

    Egg Roll - $4

    General Tso Chicken and Rice - $15

    Orange Chicken and Rice - $15

    Lemonade - $7 for large

    Strawberry Lemonade - $9 for large

VIETNAMESE

   Teriyaki Chicken-on-a-Stick - $12; with rice and noodle, $17

   Vegetable Rice and Noodle - $7

   Shrimp Rice and Noodle - $15

   Egg Roll - $4

   Lemonade - $7 for large

   Strawberry Lemonade - $9 for large

OVERVIEW

     An event 63 years ago celebrating the rich ethnic heritage of McKeesport​ has evolved into a three-day festival of food and entertainment that continues to pay tribute to the city's melting pot of traditions.     
   This year's International Village is Aug. 9-11 from 3-9 p.m. at Stephen Barry Field in McKeesport’s Renziehausen Park along Eden Park Boulevard. Admission is a $2 donation.
   Traditional ethnic food and entertainment has been a mainstay of the festival since its beginning as part of McKeesport’s Old Home Week in 1960. That tradition continues this year when 17 nationalities will share their heritage with Village-goers.
    Ethnic entertainment will again be featured each day under the Blue Top and on the Main Stage (See Schedule Below). Although the number of groups taking part this year on the Main Stage are down from past years because of limited rehearsal time, the groups that will perform each night are sure to impress Village-goers. 
   The parking lot adjacent to the Blue Top Pavilion (Gate 4) is handicapped parking ONLY. Free parking is available at designated areas in Renzie Park for the festival. 
     Seating will be available under the Blue Top Pavilion and behind the food booths near Gate 3. Chairs will be set up around the main stage for watching the entertainment.    

HISTORY


​​     International Village got its start as part of McKeesport’s Old Home Week in 1960, a 10-day event that celebrated the city’s rich history and ethnic diversity.
     The event helped mark the city’s “165 years of Dynamic Progress,” according to a letter from then Mayor Andrew J. Jakomas in an official publication for the occasion. Describing the festival, the publication said it was “an event which will manifest the diverse heritages of the Citizens of McKeesport.”     
     During Old Home Week, Market Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues was closed and transformed into an International Village with 10 decorated booths manned by folks who made McKeesport home after arriving from their homelands. They served traditional food and displayed original handicrafts.
     Not only was there food and handmade items, musical performances were given by each of the nationality groups. Dances were performed in authentic costumes and national songs were sung and played on traditional instruments.
     According to the mayor’s letter, “We anticipate that this colorful event will attract thousands to the International Village and accomplish the purpose of demonstrating the makeup of our citizenry.”
     According to reports, several thousand people visited the Village making it — and the Old Home Week parade — the most popular part of the celebration.
     International Village was only one component of Old Home Week, which started with a beauty queen contest and fireworks on July 1 and concluded with a Soap Box Derby and community religious services in Renziehausen Park on July 10. Various events included a water carnival on the Monongahela River, a tour of the city, McKeesport Boys Club’s Olympics at the White Street playground, a symphony concert at the bandshell in Renziehausen Park, “tavern specialties” with 5-cent beer, an art show, photo displays, baby contest, and a dog show. The chairman was Zoran Popovich.
     Part of the celebration included the streets adorned with flags from all the nations of the world. Ten nationalities were represented in that first International Village — Greek, Polish, Ukrainian, Serbian, Hungarian, Italian, Croatian, Romanian, Irish, and Jewish.
    The popularity of the International Village component prompted the chairman to continue the Village the following year in August at what would become its new home — Stephen Barry Field in Renziehausen Park.

INTERNATIONAL

VILLAGE 2022
This site will offer information about the annual ethnic food and entertainment festival Aug. 9-11 at Renziehausen Park in McKeesport. Stories and photos will be posted of the event. If you have memories of International Village, send them to mvhappenings@gmail.com for possible posting on the site. 

VILLAGE FOR KIDS



     The 13th annual Village for Kids will be Monday, Aug. 8 from 12-4 p.m. at the Lions Band Shell and ballfield in Renziehausen Park. This is a free event. Adult supervision is recommended for children younger than 6.
    Festivities will include food, a photo booth, crafts, games, music, inflatable rides, and a Meet and Greet with Sonic the Hedgehog. A Prince and Princess will be crowned at 2:30 p.m.; they must be there to win. Each will receive a 20-inch bike and a helmet donated by the McKeesport Trail Commission, which will be presented at International Village Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.
     Following is the agenda:

NOON - 4 p.m.
     DJ at the bandshell
   Food Gallery (Freeze pops, hot dogs, chips, cookies, drinks, fruit snacks; nachos and pop will be available to purchase from the Kiwanis Club) 
     Activity Zone by Family Tent Rental
     Screenings, information, crafts, game tables, activities, fingerprinting by police, fire smokehouse
     Photo Booth Tent
NOON - 2 p.m.
    Registration table for "A Village Kids" Day Prince and Princess. Children 12 and younger are eligible.
1-2 p.m. AT THE STAGE
     Meet and Greet with Sonic the Hedgehog (made possible by P.G.H. Party Creations)
2:30 p.m. AT THE STAGE
     Announcements/Pictures
     Crowing of the Prince and Princess
 

The following groups are part of this year's Village for Kids: 
​Mayor Mike Cherepko (hot dog and chip booth)

Nuttall Public Safety Equipment LLC
Altrusa International of McKeesport
Mon Valley Independent
Goodwill of Southwestern PA
PA American Water
UPMC for You Dental
Human Services Center Corp.
McKeesport Area School District
McKeesport Police Department
McKeesport Fire Department
McKeesport Area Rescue Services

City of McKeesport
State Senator Jim Brewster’s Office
McKeesport/White Oak Kiwanis
TCV Community Services
Latterman Family Health Center
Allegheny County Health Department Dental Program
Faith Lutheran Church
Penn State Greater Allegheny
McKeesport Family Center
State Representative Austin Davis
Familylinks
McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center 
Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Auberle SNAP
St. John’s Lutheran Church-North Versailles

McKeesport Lions Club

Fund My Future PGH

McKeesport Area High School Cheerleaders

Office of Family Child Health - Allegheny County Health Department

Office of Chronic Disease - Allegheny County Health Department

Fun Faces by Michele

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

Trulieve

LaRosa Youth Club

Mon Yough Community Services

Mon Valley Happenings

ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment from around the world will be presented each day at two locations. Each night there will be entertainment under the Jakomas Blue Top Pavilion from 5-9 p.m. and several groups performing nightly on the Main Stage beginning at 6 p.m. Fireworks are planned Tuesday night. Entertainment coordinator is Mikey Dee.


TUESDAY
MAIN STAGE
Gypsy Stringz - 6 p.m.

Grecian Odyssey Dancers - 7:30 p.m.
Introduction of City Officials - 8 p.m.

Local Kolo Dancers - 8:15 p.m.

Lebanese Belly Dancer - 8:45 p.m.

Fireworks (weather permitting)
BLUE TOP
Polka Night with the Nu-Tones


WEDNESDAY
MAIN STAGE

Alpen Muzikanten - 6 p.m.
ABC by JoAnn (Hawaiian) - 6:45 p.m.
Rankin Junior Tamburitzans (Croatian) - 7:30 p.m.
BLUE TOP
Kolo Night with the Mikey Dee Tamburitzans
 
THURSDAY
MAIN STAGE
Continental Dukes - 6 p.m.

FAAP Dancers (Phillipines) - 7 p.m.
Christ Temple AME (Ghana) - 8 p.m.
BLUE TOP
Variety Night with the Del Sinchak Band