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Polish Festival 2018

Celebrate 100 years of Polish independence with traditional music, wreaths, cakes and a couple of plates of pierogi.
By Kat Hayes
August 22, 2018
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Polish Festival 2018

Celebrate 100 years of Polish independence with traditional music, wreaths, cakes and a couple of plates of pierogi.
By Kat Hayes
August 22, 2018
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Federation Square will be busting out the pierogi at its annual Polish Festival, helping you to celebrate Polish culture and forget about all your mates and their mid-year jaunts through Europe — at least momentarily. As well as being the 14th iteration of the festival, Poland is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of Polish independence after 123 years of partition, so this year's festivities look set to be particularly big.

Expect hearty food like bigos (hunter's stew), and kielbasa (sausage), as well as heaps of traditional cakes and pastries. While the traditional dishes won't extend to the vodka variety, you can always move onto a bar later in the day once you've downed a couple of plates of pierogi.

Live music and dance will also feature, as will folk-inspired art and piano music accompaniment, raking in the points for old-world charm. Kids will find interactive music shows, wianki (wreath) making, as well as DIY crafting masks of Smok Wawelski (a famous dragon in Polish folklore). Come for the pierogi, stay for learning about the history and legends of Poland.

Image: Anna Torun

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