More than 100 pies made for MCC Festival for World Relief

The annual event takes place Friday Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 in Abbotsford.

A group of local volunteers working together yesterday to make more than 100 pies that were given today (Friday) to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Festival for World Relief.

The festival takes place Friday, Sept. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tradex (1190 Cornell St.). The pies will be sold at the event, with proceeds going toward MCC relief programs.

Over the summer, several women from the area volunteered at Central Heights Church kitchen to prepare various fruits for pie filling under the direction and organization of Elli Driediger.

Driediger contacted local grocers, and several funded the cause for items such as sugar, flour and lard.

The fruit was collected from local growers and stands by Anne Kroeker and included items such as berries, peaches and apples.

The fruit was then placed in freezers shared by Marie Kennedy of Central Heights Church and by the folks at Central Heights Manor.

On Thursday, the pies will be cooked – 18 at a time – in the convection ovens in the church kitchen.

For more information about the MCC Festival for World Relief, visit

Admission to the event is free.