Pigs will fly at this year’s Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana, that quirky, crazy internationally known festival, which is celebrating its 20th year in 2014 (but hey, who’s counting). Pork chops, sausage, ribs, shish-kabob, and a host of other succulent delights will fly from grills, skillets, hot plates, and more to the drool-drenched mouths of tens of thousands of attendees at the festival which features more than 75 food vendors, with approximately 20 Pierogi vendors, and has been named by Trip Advisor as one of the wackiest festivals on the planet!
In addition to almost every type of food imaginable, Pierogi Fest offers a massive beer garden, 100 arts and crafts booths, and approximately 25 specialty vendors featured in the Tchotchke (pronounced “chotcke”) Mali. On Friday, the zaniness of the festival is capped by the annual Pierogi Fest Parade at 7 PM, which has been described as the most outrageous parade in the Midwest.
On Saturday evening, Polka-hontas will hold her first ever Polka Luau at the Sheridan Avenue Stage. The event offers two seatings featuring “Traditional East European Luau cuisine.” For more information or reservations regarding the luau call 219 659- 0292. .
Pierogi Fest will be held on July 25th, 26th and 27th rain or shine (Note: it rains almost every year at some point during Pierogi Fest but that just adds to the overall ambiance). The festival which draws more than 275,000 visitors, has received numerous accolades over the past 20 years: It was named by Oprah Winfrey for five years straight as one of her favorite things to do; for nine consecutive years as winner of the Times of Northwest Indiana’s Best Festival; named as a Blue Ribbon Festival of Summer in 2013 by Yahoo.com; featured on The Food Channel, Travel Channel, television stations throughout the United States, and television stations in Germany, Slovakia, Poland China and Australia. It is also rumored that coverage of the festival is very popular with extra-terrestrials.