Buffalo is the "Pierogi Capital of America"
Buffalo's got Pierogi!
Corpus Christi Church is once again looking for Buffalo's best pierogi. This historic east side church is hosting its fifth annual "Buffalo's Best Pierogi" contest on Saturday, Aug. 18. It begins at 4:30 p.m., and is open to all amateur cooks and businesses.
The contest has grown from 14 contestants to last year's high of 36. Christopher Byrd, the contest organizer, says the event "captures Buffalo's love for food and while celebrating our city's rich ethnic heritage with recipes and traditions passed on from one generation to the next. It proves that Buffalo is the 'Pierogi Capital of America.' "
Applicants will be judged in one of three categories:
•Homemade traditional - boiled or fried pierogi filled with cheese, cheese/potato or kapusta (pickled or fresh cabbage) with or without mushrooms, carrots, etc.
•Homemade non-traditional - open to entrant's creativity, keeping in mind that a pierogi is a stuffed pocket of dough.
•Commercial - open to any business using a traditional recipe.
Deadline for entries is Saturday, Aug. 10.
A group of celebrity judges will determine the winners for the contest. Winners in each category will walk away with the title of "Buffalo's Best Pierogi Maker."
The contest will take place during Corpus Christi's 33rd annual Dożynki (pronounced Do-ZHIN-kee) Polish Harvest Festival on Aug. 17, 18 and 19. This joyful commemoration, which dates to the middle ages, is the Polish equivalent of America's Thanksgiving holiday.
Corpus Christi Church is located at 199 Clark St., in Buffalo, one block east of the Broadway Market in the heart of Buffalo's historic Polonia.
Applications for the pierogi contest and a complete listing of the Harvest Festival events can be found on the church website: http://dozynki.corpuschristibuffalo.org.