Once a year, members of this Burmese congregation dole out home cooking. The personal touch is everywhere in evidence: In the wrapping of the spring rolls, in the mixing of the elaborate salads, in the snipping of chili peppers to add a kick to just-griddled parathas. Many dishes are made to order, prepared by hand (gloved hand) immediately before serving for maximal stimulating freshness.
At one time the fun fair was held in a canopied backyard. In recent years the event has been confined to a church auditorium, which affords only a little less space. True, open flames are restricted to the kitchen, but this affects the food not a whit. For photos of many more items from multiple fun fairs, indoors and out, see the slideshow.
Myanmar Baptist Church Fun Fair
100-10 Astoria Blvd. (100th-101st Sts.), East Elmhurst, Queens
(The 2013 fun fair was held on December 7)