We made our annual trek to the Polish Festival Saturday. Parked on Lagrange - got lucky and had a spot close to the festival. Love the people watching, the music is great, the Polish beer was REALLY good but the food - Oy! - what happened to the good Polish food?
We decided on Pierogies and a cabbage rolls from the St. Hedwigs church crowd. Figured it would be awesome since it was supposedly all homemade by the folks at the church and figured the $$ goes to a good cause. We'd have enjoyed Mrs. T's pierogies more. And the cabbage rolls were not only devoid of any noticeable meat, but were nothing more than soggy rice with no flavor whatsoever. No hint of any tomato sauce anywhere. Being disappointed - and still hungry - we tried a plate of "home fries" from one of the vendors along the west side of Lagrange. Awful. Stone cold and nothing but cooking oil through and through. Tossed them into the trash and enjoyed some more Polish beer.
Should have known better but bought a supposedly home made Polish coffee cake and some Cruschikies (spelling - I have no clue) from the St. Hedwig's stand on the way out. Also disappointing. The coffee cake was simply Haas bakery Polish coffee cake without the Haas label. No way it was home made by the little old ladies from St. Hewdwig's.
Sure glad we stopped at Stanley's for a bag of kielbasa that we put on ice before heading to the festival. At least we had something good and Polish to eat when we got home.
Sorry to hate on the food but isn't that one of the main attractions at ethnic festivals? It certainly is at the German-American and Greek festivals.
At least the music and beer were great. And we'll go back next year - we'll just make sure we eat first.