Get your fill of Polish dumplings at Pierogi Festival

LAWRENCEVILLE -- You don't have to be Polish to come to the annual Pierogi Festival at the Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Church on Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m.

The members of the Polish Catholic Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Atlanta expect more than 5,000 hungry attendees to be at the festival.

And how could they resist? It is a celebration of the tiny, boiled dumpling. They will be filled with meat, potato and cheese, and sauerkraut. Fried onions, bacon and sour cream are available to top the pierogies.

If that isn't enough to fill your stomach, there is also Golabki (lightly boiled cabbage leaves filled with meat and chopped onions), Polish kielbasa (grilled sausage), bigos (meat and sauerkraut stew) and salads for purchase.

There will be live entertainment throughout the day, including face painting for $1 to $2 per person. The doors open at 1 p.m. with a live polka band. At 3 p.m., Joanna and Friends take stage to perform Polish music and play game with the children. At 4 p.m., a magician takes stage for all to enjoy.

There will be no music between 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. because English mass will be held in the church. All are welcomed to attend.

The event will have "I love Pierogi" T-shirts with a cartoon pierogi on sale for $12.

Polish beer will be available for a donation and stand for water and ice cream will keep the crowds cool outside.

The event is free. Bring blankets or chairs for the event. Food tickets are $1 each. Six pierogies and a salad plate are $6. All proceeds go to the Polish Catholic Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.