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Archive for August, 2012

X Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland – August 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Have You Ever Tried Pierogi with Spinach or with Chocolate and Strawberries? 

10th Festival of Dumplings in Cracow

X Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland

We just had this chance as part of our Cooking Your Way From Krakow to Zakopane culinary vacation in Poland! Our August culinary vacation is always scheduled around this delicious event taking place in Krakow, Poland.  Pierogi, the moon-shaped stuffed dumplings, are one of Polish traditional foods, eaten throughout the year and especially important during popular holidays like Christmas. There are variety of dumplings one can try in Poland; filled with meats, mushrooms, different cheeses or sweet flavours such as, blackberry or other seasonal fruit.

Dumplings on the pan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Spinach pierogi being warmed up in the skillet

Pierogi Festival has been taking place in mid-August in Krakow and it just celebrated it’s 10th year. The event is accompanied by tasting sessions, fairs, artistic performances and competitions. This year, 14 restaurants participated in the competition for the title of “The Best Pierogi of the Year”. Thousands of tourists and locals met at the Small Market Square in Krakow and everyone was pleasantly surprised by the wide selection of available dumplings offered this year. For sure, it wasn’t a good idea to go there after lunch!

The Main Square

Small Market Square in Krakow, Poland

It wasn’t easy to win the competition for Best Pierogi. The first place winner receives the Statue of St. Jack who is said to have brought pierogi to Poland. It was chosen by a special jury and it was awarded to Magillo Restaurant in Krakow for the best chocolate dumplings with strawberries. Indeed, very delicious!

The first reward - Statue of St. Jack

The winner of first place for Best Pierogi awarded by the jury: Magillo Restaurant with The Statue of St. Jack

 The second winner was chosen by the public. For five days, both tourists and locals were trying different kind of dumplings from different restaurants. On the last day, they had to choose their best! The winner was……….. Królestwo Pierożka (The Kingdom of Dumplings Restaurant). The owner and staff from Królestwo Pierożka Restaurant received the Statue of Polish King, Casimir The Great, one of the most beloved Polish kings, which they get to display for a year at their restaurant. Give Krolestwo Pierozka a try next time you’re in Krakow!

The second reward a Statue of Kazimierz The Great

The second award - the Statue of Casimir The Great, Polish King

Join us in 2013 at the XI Pierogi Festival in Krakow, Poland on our Cooking Your Way From Krakow to Zakopane culinary vacation! It certainly is one of the biggest and most delicious summer culinary festivals in Poland!

You may also like our earlier story about Pierogi Festival in Krakow: Mid-August in Krakow is All About Pierogi Festival. Read more….


Spend More Time in Gdynia On Your Next Visit to the Tricity!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

The Tricity in the Pomerania region of Poland refers to the cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, all located on the Baltic Sea coast and only a few miles away from each other. Although Gdansk and Sopot have scores of wonderful attractions, Gdynia also has many charms and corners worth discovering. Here are a few photos from Gdynia we want to share with you. We just visited there this past July and enjoyed our time exploring this “hidden gem”!

Hala Targowa in Gdynia - Fresh Food Market. Visit this market for an authentic shopping experience.

Hala Targowa in Gdynia - Fresh Food Market. Visit this market for authentic, local shopping experience.

Fresh fish sold at Hala Targowa market in Gdynia.

Fresh fish sold at Hala Targowa market in Gdynia.

Visiting T. Deker Patissier & Chocolatier - make sure you try the famous cinnamon/honey cheesecake!

Visiting T. Deker Patissier & Chocolatier in Gdynia- make sure you try the famous cinnamon/honey cheesecake while there!

Getting around in Gdynia is easy! Hop on their many electric buses which will take you to the beach, the port and shopping centers!

Getting around in Gdynia is easy! Hop on their many electric buses which will take you to the beach, the harbour area and shopping centers!

The beach in Gdynia on a sunny afternoon.

The beach in Gdynia on a sunny afternoon.

The port in Gdynia. It's easy to get from Gdynia to Hel penninsula on a water tram.

The Port of Gdynia. It's easy to get from Gdynia to Hel penninsula on a water tram.

Join us in Gdynia this fall while on our “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk” culinary vacation, Follow this link for detailed itinerary: “Coastal Cooking in Pomerania and Gdansk”

See you in Gdynia, Poland!


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