There was a good turnout for the Little Poland festival in New Britain this year - at least before it started pouring around noon. This picture was taken about half an hour after the festival opened at 10am; very soon, there were no empty patches of pavement.
Angelo's, the local Italian deli, had some good-looking stuff, but I wasn't here for that.
Ahh, yes. This was more like it.
That and the pierogi below were from a stand representing the Old Country Deli
in Enfield. Their house brand of pierogi is Pierogi Queen
, which apparently got its start at the Polish National Home of Enfield.
Two potato and cheese, one potato and cheddar
(and now that I think of it, I'm not sure what the other cheese is), and one sauerkraut. Good as they were, I think I prefer them boiled or sauteed, since those preparations let the fillings speak a little more.
Then it was over to Baltic Restaurant
's stand for a similar sample.
The real star, though, at least for me, was Belvedere
's stand. They're supposed to be a smidgen more upscale than the other Polish restaurants in New Britain, and their offerings did seem more extensive than what you might expect. For whatever reason, the other places, Cracovia and Staropolska, choose to not participate in the local festivals.
These bowls were placed after the trays of entrees. They were lukewarm, and I'm not sure if they were intended to be side dishes or condiments. Whatever the case, they were delicious.
Now just look at this. Pickled beets, pickles, other pickles, sauerkraut, rye bread, sour cream, applesauce, Polish mustard... there was definitely care and thought put into this.
My plate from them: bigos, pierogi, kielbasa, and a potato pancake (placki ziemniaczane
... and, to take home, a large container of kapusta from a food truck belonging to Bernat's
, a Polish meat purveyor up in Chicopee, MA.
I stored that last one in my car and began walking back to the festival... when the rain came to cut my experience annoyingly short. Oh well. At least, in addition to the food, I'd gotten to glimpse some wonderful live music (ahh, polka!) and a local martial arts group. And the Dozynki festival is still coming up!