Lawrenceville church to pay homage to its Polish culture


In this 2012 file photo, Lucy Wellborn of Atlanta dances with Dominik Bednarski of the Polish folk dance group Krakowiacy from Denver, Colo. during the fourth annual Pierogi Festival held at St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Church in Lawrenceville. (File Photo)

If You Go

• What: Pierogi Festival

• When: 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday

• Where: St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, Lawrenceville

• Cost: Free admission, but pay to eat and play — cash only

• For More Information: Visit pcaaa.org

LAWRENCEVILLE — Time to celebrate one of Poland’s iconic foods — the pierogi.

On Saturday, St. Marguerite d’Youville Church is hosting its fifth annual Pierogi Festival with food, live entertainment and music. Admission is free.

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended, and most came for traditional Polish food, live entertainment and a chance to re-connect with second and third generation family heritage

At the event, the handmade pierogies are filled with meat, potato and cheese, and sauerkraut — all handmade by volunteers. Fried onions, bacon and sour cream are available to top the dumplings.

Want a different Polish classic? There is also golabki (lightly boiled cabbage leaves filled with meat and chopped onions) and Polish kielbasa (grilled sausage).

During the day, the church has set up a free inflatable playground for children, and other attendees can watch entertainment from around the country, including Krakowiacy, a Polish folk dance group from Denver.

A farming family, with Polish roots, from Alabama will bring farm animals for the public.

The Atlanta Hawks will have a booth at the festival promoting Polish Heritage Night at a game later this season. The Atlanta Hawks would like to have Polish Heritage Night when Marcin Gorat, a Polish NBA player, is in town.

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

The event will include “I love Pierogi” T-shirts with a cartoon pierogi on sale for $15. Polish beer is available for a donation, plus stands with water and ice cream will keep the crowds cool outside.

The Polish Pierogi Festival is free. Bring blankets or chairs for the event. Food tickets are $1 each. No credit cards, debit cards or checks will be taken at the event — cash only. All proceeds go to the Polish Catholic Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.