Apple Cup Cafe’s free Thanksgiving dinner will return this year

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The long-running Apple Cup Café Community Thanksgiving Dinner will return after a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chelan restaurant announced Wednesday that the free dinner will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

Last year would have been the 24th-straight year for the community dinner.

As many as 1,500 community members annually show up for the meal.

Last year, owner Ryan Peterson and his family said they tried to come up with a way to make it work but rules around pandemic made it impossible. But this year the event will be back.

The meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries and more.

“We are looking for volunteers now for both in house and drivers to deliver meals,” the restaurant posted on social media. “Stop by the restaurant or call to get your name on the list. Monetary and food donations will be accepted now through Thanksgiving benefiting the Chelan Food Bank.”