MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Ed Crews, a native of Louisiana, says he grew up cooking shrimp and crawfish.
Poplar Springs Drive United Methodist Church is using that talent for a good cause as Eddie and his cooking team will be boiling up some 600 pounds of shrimp Saturday, to go along with generous helpings of corn on the cob, potatoes and mushrooms.
"Usually we do all the potatoes and mushrooms and the corn first, get that out of the way. The shrimp only takes a few minutes and once we start doing the shrimp, it goes pretty quick," said Crews.
Organizers of the spring festival told me they love doing this because it's a great opportunity to serve food at a reasonable price and help raise money for several good causes.
"Always, Spring Fest has been for local missions. This year, it's going to go to Wesley House, Care Lodge and whatever our Relay for Life team needs and then the Cancer Benevolent Fund, because we have several people who, that's close to our hearts to give to that."
Besides the shrimp plates, baked and frozen goods will also be available, along with frozen casseroles and homemade chili. As for tickets, you can drop by the church office Friday, get them at the door Saturday, or even get them delivered in Meridian for orders of five or more.
"We sell a lot of the automobile dealerships, a lot of them over the years. I'm the main one who does the delivery and I've got a couple of guys that help me. Some of the hair studios, we deliver them because they can't get away so that's what we do," Crews said.
"Whatever the kick is, I add about another half a kick to make it a little spicy but not too bad," said Crews. "I don't get too many complaints."
The Spring Food Festival at Poplar Springs United Methodist Church has served great shrimp plates for over a decade, while doing mission work right here in our own community. I call that a win-win.
You can be part of it Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 3937 Poplar Springs Drive in Meridian, at the corner of PSD and 40th Street.