Event celebrates Buffalo's passion for pierogi
Corpus Christi Church is once again looking for Buffalo's best pierogi. This historic east side church is hosting its seventh annual "Buffalo's Best Pierogi" contest Saturday, Aug. 16, at 4:30 p.m. The contest is open to all amateur cooks and businesses.
The contest is the centerpiece of Corpus Christi's Corpus Christi's 35th annual Dożynki (pronounced Do-ZHIN-kee) Polish Harvest Festival Aug. 15-17. Christopher Byrd, the contest organizer, said the event "captures Buffalo's love for food ... while celebrating our city's rich ethnic heritage with recipes and traditions passed on from one generation to the next. The contest draws people from all of Western New York. Buffalonians have incredible passion for their pierogi."
People who wish to enter the contest can register online by visiting the church's website www.CorpusChristiBuffalo.org or by calling the rectory at 716-896-1050. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Applicants will be judged in one of four following 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 a pierogi is a stuffed pocket of dough.
•Commercial: open to any business using a traditional recipe.
•Desert: pierogi made as a desert open to entrant's creativity.
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."
Corpus Christi Church was founded in 1898 and is located in the heart of East Buffalo's historic Polonia. It is on the state and national lists of historic sites.
For more information about the festival, visit http://dozynki.corpuschristibuffalo.org.