On Sunday, February 2nd, “Super Bowl Sunday”, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the Miles United Methodist Church will hold their annual Stew Fest at Weatherby Hall in Miles.

The event draws hundreds from around the area, not just from Miles. People from Ballinger, Olfen, Paint Rock, Winters, Wall, Eden and San Angelo come in to get their fill of great stew, homemade cornbread, iced tea and a wide arrangement of homemade desserts.

Yes, there will be the famous chocolate pie.

United Methodist Church pastor Gary Karschner said it’s an all-you-can-eat event, “You come in and pay $8. You get stew, cornbread, dessert and iced tea. And you can come back for seconds or thirds.” If you have a family he said that they will cut you a deal, “If someone has 3 or 4 children, they can come in and pay for 1 or 2 of them and we’ll let the others eat for free. We can always work something out. Heck, we have drive-thru service so you can pick up your food and head back home to get ready for the big game.”

The Stew Fest is one of the Miles United Methodist Church’s big fundraisers. Their other big fundraiser, Sausage Fest, was held on October 6th and hundreds of people attended that event as well. Mark Sklenarik and Sklenarik’s Smoked Meats provided the hundreds upon hundreds of pounds of delicious, mouth-watering sausage.

Stew Fest and Sausage Fest are more than “come eat some food and leave,” events. Just as with Sausage Fest and many of the other community events in Runnels County, it’s also a time for old friends to get together. Many older people don’t get out much but they’ll make it a goal to get out to Sausage Fest or Stew Fest. A group of older people sat at the Sausage Fest in October and one lady told her friends that she enjoyed it because Sausage Fest was about the only time she left her house since her husband had passed away. Karschner says that is what makes it special, “You have people who come out here and maybe they haven’t seen each other for a year, maybe not since the last Sausage Fest or Stew Fest, and they come here and sit together and catch up on what’s going on. It’s a special time.”

Being as it’s a “typical” Texas winter day, the temperature is expected to be 75 degrees and sunny. Perfect conditions to come out and share some great food, exchange some stories and catch up on the lives of your friends. Eating a hearty lunch of stew and cornbread will be a good way to spend some quality time and share in some fellowship before you head home to watch the big game and yell at your friends rooting for the opposing team.

Stew Fest is Sunday, October 2nd, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. It will be at Weatherby Hall, 109 1st street in Miles. The cost is $8. That gets you all the stew that you can eat, cornbread, desserts and cold iced tea.

For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer to help, you can contact Pastor Gary at garyanddebk@hotmal.com.