Festival of Pierogi Dumplings in Krakow 2012

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Pierogi in English known as dumpling can be served with various fillings. Starting with the very traditional ones like: ruskie (with potato and cheese), z mięsem (with meat) or z kapustą i grzybami (with cabbage and mushrooms) through those treated more as a sort of desert: with sweet cream cheese, strawberries or bluberries, and ending with quite exotic ones: with venison and bacon. Pierogi are considered to be the Polish national dish as they have been present in the Polish cuisine for centuries. The authorities of Krakow inspired by this old cooking tradition decided to honour it through the organization of the Festival of Pierogi Dumplings. The aim of this festival is to promote the Polish cuisine richness among locals as well as foreigners. All those who decide to participate in this ‘tasty’ event have an opportunity to taste various kinds of pierogi – usually residents of Krakow as well as tourists line up to taste as many different dumplings as possible. Moreover, the tasting sessions are accompanied by numerous competitions and artistic performances making the event even more enjoyable. An important element of the festival is the competition among Krakow chefs – they prepare pierogi and then are judged and awarded the King Kazimierz the Great Statuette (by the public) and St. Jacek Statuette (by professional jury). Getting one of them is a great honour, hence all the restaurants taking part in this competition do their best to win. The festival is held annually in August since 2003. The venue for the Festival of Pierogi Dumplings is Maly Rynek square. This year’s Festival of Pierogi Dumplings is going to start on 15 August and end on 19 August, 2012.