Saturday, November 8, 2014

November 1, 2014 Polish Festival

Saturday, we went to the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Polish Festival.  It is in the little town of Castle Hayne, which is right down the road from our marina.  It was raining when we arrived about 1:00, but there were still a lot of people there.  They had food stations (under tent awnings) serving different foods.  There was a Knights of Columbus hall where you could eat inside.  There was also a large tent with tables, a dance floor and a band.  There were tents selling frozen food to take home.  And there was a dessert tent and beer tent. 

We stood in a light rain to get the dinner plate for $11.00 each.  The plate included kielbasa sausage, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage roll, 3 pierogi and a dinner roll.  We were lucky to find a place to sit inside.  The meal was delicious.  We have had pierogi in Canada.  It is similar to ravioli.  These had a cheese filling.  And I know cabbage rolls take a lot of work to  make.  The best I can ever remember were those made by Anna Moore, my sister’s mother-in-law. 

After eating, the rain had stopped.  I went to the beer tent and bought one of the St Stan’s Baltic Porters that were brewed especially for this festival by a local brewery.  Dave went to the dessert tent.  For the same price as my beer, $5, Dave got a cup of coffee and 4 different desserts.  Then we met by the music tent.  The polka band was from Ohio.  They were a young group, probably in their 20-30's.  It was fun to see so many families enjoying themselves and dancing the polka.  They did a medley of gospel songs in polka style.  I guess I would expect that in the south.  We didn’t stay long, didn’t even dance.  But with the right bunch of friends, I can see where this could have turned into the German tent back in Rapid City.

food tent for the meal

clockwise-pierogi with onions, cabbage roll, kielbasa sausage and dinner roll, saurerkraut

coffee and dessers

working on getting this video to play

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