One of the most underrated festivals in Portland is the annual Polish Festival. Every year during the last weekend of September a wonderful celebration of music, food, and, of course, Polish piwo (that’s beer to you) are exhibited with the true Polish heart in mind.
This event is the largest Polish festival in the Western United States with last year’s gathering boasting more than 12,000 attendees. Organizer Marek Stepien organizes similar fest in the Midwest and Canada, all of which pale in comparison to this awesome gathering.
According to the festival’s press release:
This year’s festival foods will include pierogis, Polish entrees, fruit-filled pastries and, delectable kielbasa sausages, and beer garden featuring Polish lagers, porters and other beers. Chefs have ordered 15,000 pierogis for the two-day fete and imported 6,000 bottles of Polish beers and wines.
This year’s festival includes special exhibits on the city of Torun, Poland, the birthplace of astronomer Nicholas Copernicus, and a city that European Union has recently nominated as a cultural center.
Despite some increased prices for beer at this year’s event, you can count on authentically good times and the congregation of great people.
For more information about this year’s festivities, visit http://www.portlandpolonia.org/festival/press.html
The Polish Festival, one of Oregon’s premier ethnic events, celebrates it’s 15th anniversary Sept. 26-27 on the Polish Library Hall and St. Stanislaus Church grounds at 3916 N. Interstate Ave. Admission is free.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, and noon to 6p.m., Sunday, with continuous stage entertainment and a Saturday night street dance.