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Sample cuisine from a dozen countries at new food festival in Folsom

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Members of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom are planning to take locals on a globe-trotting culinary vacation without ever leaving town. The first International Culinary Cook-off, slated for 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 18, is a chance to sample cuisine from a dozen countries without ever boarding a boat or plane. Restaurants such as Bidwell Street Bistro, Fat’s Asia Bistro, Land Ocean, Visconti’s, El Pueblo, Old Europe and India House as well as caterers and food suppliers such as Jimmy T’s and Vic’s Supermarket will all be on hand to offer samples to the crowd. As of press time, restaurants were still being added to the list. Expect live entertainment, a silent auction and more in this family friendly event being held at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom. Tickets are $25 per person, available at the Folsom Telegraph office at 921 Sutter St., or online at historicfolsomrotary.org, or from any member of the club. “This is a great way to explore the theme of Rotary International in a fun and creative way,” said club president Dave Sacco. “Rotary International does such great work around the world. The End Polio Now campaign, providing vaccines to Third World countries, and their work to get clean water to impoverished villages are just a few of the good works they do. On a local level, our Rotary club helped fund the creation of the first phase of the Play for All Park, provided funds to the Twin Lakes Food Bank, pitched in to help build a shade structure at Powerhouse Ministries and we’re very involved in the dictionary project.” The dictionary project is one tackled by the three Rotary clubs in Folsom and provides each third-grader with their very own dictionary. “This event has been in the planning stages since June 2011,” Sacco said. “We’re very excited about starting this fundraiser as a way to showcase all the great restaurants, personal chefs and caterers in Folsom. It benefits them as well as provides a way for our club to give back to the community. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Don Chaddock, member of the club, said he was excited about this becoming an annual event. “This has been so fun to plan and we’re really looking forward to this ‘must-attend’ culinary festival,” he said. “Folsom is a great town with wonderful people and the culinary offerings here are just extraordinary. This is the perfect way to blend all those elements.” For more information, visit the club’s website at historicfolsomrotary.org. ~ Staff report * * * International Culinary Cook-off Who: Rotary Club of Historic Folsom Why: Benefiting charitable causes such as Play for All Park, Twin Lakes Food Bank, Powerhouse Ministries, third-grade dictionary project and many others When: 2-6 p.m., Sunday, March 18 Where: Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom Cost: $25 per person, tickets available at the Folsom Telegraph, 921 Sutter St., Folsom, or from any club member. Children under 12 are $10, available at the door. Children 4 and younger are free. Information: historicfolsomrotary.org