Growing large enough to be featured on the Travel Channel – and draw the attention of the newest contributor to the Food Channel – yours truly – the Whiting-Robertsdale Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Pierogi Fest is the hottest food fest ticket on the calendar this week. Its amazing amenities are able to draw a staggering 300,000 visitors to this small town which sits shoulder-to-shoulder with Chicago along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline.
Focused entirely on fun, festivities and food, the fest kicks off this year on Friday afternoon and hosts an evening Polka Parade that offers its own Eastern European hilarity, such as grown women dressed up like “buscias” in housecoats and babushkas; a lawnmower brigade of men strutting through town with their mowers while wearing sandals with socks; and a tasty troop of life-sized polish pastries and foods walking, talking and taking pictures.
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Running this year from July 27, 28, and 29 in Whiting Indiana, the Pierogi Fest will offer food galore, a Mr. Pierogi Songfest, a Pierogi Toss, and of course a Pierogi Eating Contest that no pierogi lover will want to miss!
Saturday’s events will include a number of live stage shows, and if you happen to be there, you just might get a chance to catch something being thrown from the stage from yours truly at the 11:00 a.m. Buscia Cooking Show on the event stage.
For those who are not able to get out and about but still crave pierogi, a new option available in the Midwest is Peter & Pats Pierogies, which are created from a 60-year-old family recipe that uses only 100 percent real potatoes; and Cheddar, Farmers, Parmesan and Swiss cheeses with no preservatives!
Now you can get that authentic pierogi taste without having to trash your kitchen! A good pierogi is a rare delight and eating one makes life oh-so-much-more special.
Here now is a perfect way to prepare these pre-made pierogis for a hot summer day – Na zdrowie!
For Grilled Pierogi's
- Cooking Spray
- Mini Pierogies, your favorite flavor and variety
- 1 Bring a 2 quart pot of water to boil. Place pierogi in boiling water and cook until they float, about 7 minutes. Remove pierogi with a slotted spoon to a wire rack to drain. Preheat grill to medium.
- 2 Spray each side of each pierogi with cooking spray. Using metal skewers, if desired, thread pierogi onto skewer then arrange on grill.
- 3 Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, turning skewers occasionally, until pierogi are cooked through. Serve with sour cream or applesauce.