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Naturally, we have all kinds of great Polish food at our Festival. If you have not had the opportunity to savor the old-world recipes of Poland, now is your chance to take a bite at the PLUS Polish Festival!

Our Polish food is your chance to try something new or remind yourself of delicious Polish flavors. Polish cuisine has long traditions and throughout centuries has been influenced by culinary customs of different nations. This contributed to the wealth of tastes and complexity of Polish menu.

Traditional food is rich in various kinds of meat, especially pork, chicken and beef. Soups are very popular. Vegetables are in common use, among which cabbage is probably the most famous. Polish cuisine includes different kinds of dumplings and noodles. And of course there is no need to mention the excellent bread and delicious sausages.

The most popular Polish food that most Americans know about are pierogi and kielbasa, but you can also find some other Polish delicacies at our festival that will surprise your taste buds!

Foodies…this is your place to feast. At PLUS Polish Festival we have such a variety you will not go hungry!

As the Polish say - "Jedzcie, pijcie i popuszczajcie pasa" (Eat, drink and loosen your belt)". 

Here are a few favorites you can enjoy at PLUS Polish Festival:

Pierogi

If you never had pierogi, Poland’s national dish, now is your chance. These delicate dumplings have been savored in Poland since 1494 and enjoyed by all social classes including nobles.

They are the only Polish dish that has its own patron saint! Packed with flavor, enjoy their three top flavors at the Festival: Potato & Farmer’s Cheese, Mushroom and Kraut and Savory Beef & Pork.

All pierogi are topped with caramelized onions and served with sour cream. It’s impossible to eat just one!

Kielbasa

Kielbasa (the Polish word for sausage) is also a staple of Polish cuisine. Although most Americans know Polish kielbasa as stuffed with pork and seasonings, it can also be made with beef, turkey, lamb, chicken or veal.

Poles take much pride in the variety of their sausages which number in the hundreds, if not thousands. Every region of Poland has its own specialty of kielbasa.

At the PLUS Polish Festival, we will be serving barbequed Polish sausage with real Polish sauerkraut!

Goląbki

Also known as “stuffed cabbage rolls”, these are a common Polish cuisine made from boiled cabbage leaves wrapped around minced pork or beef, onions, and rice or buckwheat – then baked in a creamy tomato sauce.

There is an old tradition that the King of Poland fed his army Gołąbki before a battle in the 1450s outside of Malbork castle. Their victory against the Teutonic Order was attributed to the strength of the hearty meal!

Take a bite of history and enjoy these incredible rolls!

Bigos

This traditional meat and cabbage stew is also a National Polish dish and known as “hunter’s stew”.

No other dish has ever gained that many descriptions in literature filled with genuine awe for its taste, aroma and delicious combination of a vegetable brought to Poland by queen Bona with various kinds of meat.

Typical ingredients include sauerkraut, cabbage, onion, and various cuts of meat and sausages. Traditionally, Polish chefs would use whatever leftover meat they had in the kitchen, the more variety, the better.

Kotlety

Kotlety are a type of Polish pork cutlet that is lightly breaded and pan fried. The Polish pork cutlet “schabowy” dates back to the 19th century as seen in a few cook books at that time but has recently become more popular.

Typical ingredients include eggs, oil, spices, pork tenderloin, breadcrumbs, and flour.

You can try these crispy and tasty cutlets at the PLUS Polish Festival. Serve it with some potatoes and you’ve got comfort food that will rival anything you’ve eaten in the States.

Zapiekanka

Walk around our festival’s venue and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see people carrying around a zapiekanka, a popular street food in the bigger cities of Poland. 

"Zapiekanka" comes from "zapiekać", which means "to bake," and is the culinary term for a casserole.

These open-faced sandwiches consist of a halved baguette that’s typically topped with mushrooms and cheese, broiled until everything is toasted and bubbly, then garnished with the pièce de résistance — a squiggly line of ketchup.

Of course, the beverage of choice with a zapiekanka is Polish piwo (beer)!

Placki ziemniaczane (Potato Pancakes)

You probably know some versions of potato pancakes – hash brown, rösti, latke, etc. Polish version is known as placki ziemniaczane what means potato pancakes.

Potato pancakes became the food staple at monasteries in 17th-century Poland and were even used to replace bread during the times of extreme economic difficulty.

There is hardly any other dish in Polish cuisine that is as popular as this one. Placki ziemniaczane are eaten throughout Poland and loved by all ages.  

Naleśniki (Blintzes)

Naleśniki (they are pronounced "Naleshniki" ) are basically a Polish crêpe, paper thin and just begging to be filled with jam and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar. Or, you can wrap the pancakes around a sweet cheese filling to make blintzes.

Fillings can also include fresh fruit, sugar, jam potatoes, mushrooms, cabbage, fried vegetables and more. They’re super easy to make and taste delicious, especially when made by Polish babcia (grandma).

Polish desserts

Like most European desserts, Polish desserts are some of the best in the world.

At our Polish Festival, you can enjoy a variety of Polish pastries such as Paczki, known as Polish doughnuts. Light, deep fried pieces of dough and filled with sweet fillings, Paczki have been enjoyed in Poland since the Middle Ages!

Other desserts include Poppy seed rolls (makowiec), Polish cheesecake (sernik), and Polish crepes (naleśniki).

We even have smoothies, frozen yogurt and ice cream for the kids!

The PLUS Polish Festival will also be offering some of the top Polish Beers from Poland. You can also quench your thirst with cold drinks, sodas, wine, tea, and water.

The bottom line is that you MUST come hungry to our PLUS Polish Festival to get the true feel of Polish culture, tradition, and celebration! Your taste buds will thank you.

 

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