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Have you visited Poland during Pierogi Festival? Posted by on Jul 19, 2021 in Culture, Food, Traditions

If you have, then you are lucky! If you haven’t – there is no time to waist! Start planning your trip, because the next Pierogi Festival is going to take place August 8th -14th in Kraków.

Pierogi are one of my favorite dishes from Polish cuisine. Comfort food, absolutely delicious!

Did you know about this annual pierogi festival that takes place in Kraków? This year’s dates are August 8th-14th and if you are going to be in Poland during those dates, you will absolutely have to attend it!

Pierogi. Image by Дарья Яковлева from Pixabay

During the festival, local restaurants make sure that visitors taste not only the traditional pierogi (like with meat, mushrooms, sauerkraut filling etc) but also filled with unusual combinations of ingredients. Some interesting stuffing options include salmon, lamb, deer meat, smoked cheese, duck, morels. They are offered boiled, baked and fried!

Image by waszw from Pixabay

Pierogi. Image by Dagny Walter from Pixabay

During the five day festival at various booths located on Small Market Square, Kraków’s restaurateurs offer all kinds of pierogi. They compete in two contests. One of them is judged by professional jury with “statue of St. Jacek with Pierogi” as a prize, and the other one voted by the festival attendants. The winner of best pierogi selected by the public received the “statue of beloved Polish King Casimir the Great”!

Besides pierogi heaven and great local beer, visitors will also enjoy a range of concerts with various music styles.

Not able to make it this August? Check out where in Poland you can find this delicious dish any time of the year:

Where to find the best pierogi in Poland?

I would love to hear from all of you who attended this festival in previous years. Which dumpling was your favorite?

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My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. Mr. Gordon F. Wilczynski:

    No doubt about it. Shrodek’s in Hamtramck and Sterling Heights.

  2. Dan:

    I have not attended this festival, but it sounds absolutely fantastic! And those photos!! 🙂

  3. Dan:

    And thank you for the link to the older post. I think it’s so great that you are giving your children the gift of all this culture and language.

  4. Elisa Austin:

    No time to WASTE. 🙂

    I’ve been enjoying your blog. Could you tell me how to pronounce the city of Cieplice? My family came from there a few generations ago. Thank you.