Polish Day expands food offering

Expanded food options have been added for the 10th Polish-American Heritage Day on Sunday in Austintown.

This year’s event will feature two pierogi vendors offering the dumplings with a variety of fillings, and a pierogi eating contest at 4:30 p.m. where competitors will try to consume two dozen pierogi in three minutes or less.

Other traditional favorites include cucumber salad (mizeria), potato pancakes (placki ziemniaczane), mushroom soup with barley (krupnik) and mountain-style grilled beef kabobs (Zakopanem kebab mieso i cebulki); and sweet treats include made-to-order crepes (nalesniki), chocolate-dipped cheesecake (sernik), doughnuts (paczki) and chrusciki cookies.

Ray Jay & the Carousels and Jimmy K & the Mostly Honky Combo will play polka tunes throughout the day, and the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble, western New York’s largest Polish-American dance and cultural ensemble will entertain at 1:45 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Programs on such topics as pierogi making and the Jewish resurgence in today’s Poland will be offered in the culture garden, and European folk art vendors will offer such items as Polish dolls, Christmas ornaments and Polish amber jewelry.

Polish American Heritage Day runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 4310 Kirk Road, Austintown. Admission is $5 with Youngstown State University students and children 12 and younger admitted free. For more information, all 330-333-9724 or go to www.polishyoungstown.org/polishday