Pierogi Fest returns to Indiana after 2020 cancellation

WHITING, Ind. (AP) – A city in northwest is bringing back its annual Pierogi Festival, a year after the festival of the popular Polish delicacy was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s Pierogi Fest will be held July 23-25 ​​in Whiting, Indiana, where the crowd will again be celebrating Pierogis and consuming the traditionally potato and cheese filled dumplings, the (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

Pierogi Fest is one of the largest food festivals in and the Midwest. The event in the city, about 20 miles southeast of Chicago, is full of unusual happenings like a pierogi throwing competition and a nun dunk tank.

“Pierogi Fest is known for its fun and safety. Our plans include measures to address COVID-19, such as relocating picnic and dining areas to reduce crowds along the main festival area,” said Chairman and Co-Founder Tom Dabertin .

Last July’s festival was canceled by organizers in April 2020 as the coronavirus spread through the crowd at the start of the pandemic.

This year’s Pierogi Fest is the 26th of the voluntary festivals. The festival has won a number of awards over the years, including a Heritage Award from the Polish National Congress.

TripAdvisor named it one of the 10 craziest festivals in the world, while Oprah Winfrey named it one of her favorite pastimes for five years.

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