Pierogi on the waterfront
Buffalo’s newest festival celebrates the traditional as well as modern twists on pierogi
Goodbye, cupcakes—hello, pierogi! Buffalo’s newest festival celebrates the satisfying flavors of traditional pierogi as well as explores modern twists on the genre. Ten Western New York pierogi makers are vying for the top slots in several competitive categories at Buffalo Pierogi Fest on May 21 at the Outer Harbor.
These rich Polish dumplings (pasta envelopes enclose a variety of fillings), are the ultimate comfort food, and their popularity extends across the US and far into Canada. On the sunny shores of South Tea Lake in Algonquin Park, three hours out of Toronto, campers rush the dining room doors upon hearing that there are pierogi for lunch. On the boys’ side of the dining room, each table has a “dump plate” in order to store as many pierogi as possible, with some kids eating as many as fourteen in one sitting. In Buffalo, those not lucky enough to have family pierogi-making traditions can obtain excellent examples of the pierogi art from local vendors, most of who are contending in Pierogi Fest.
Each ticket holder in entitled to a pierogi from each of the ten vendors, which include Babcias Pierogi/Sweet Tallulahs, Chrusciki Bakery, Inc., Home Cooked Buffalo, Keeping Traditions Buffalo, K Sisters Pierogis, Ms. Judi's Food Truck, North Star Tavern, Potts Deli & Grille, Ru's Pierogi, and The Mess Hall. The event also includes live music, vendors, games, food trucks, outdoor activities, and a cash bar. It is presented by Compeer and hosted by Step Out Buffalo. According to Step Out Buffalo’s marketing director, Lauren Spoth, the mission of the Buffalo Pierogi Fest is to ensure a “Sunday Funday” for all, as well as highlight some of the more recent interpetations of the pierogi.
Visit BuffaloPierogiFest.com for tickets and information. If Step Out’s Buffalo Bloody Mary Fest is any guide, this event will sell out quickly.