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