Time to visit…Polish Festival of Taste in Gruczno (Festiwal smaku Gruczno)

Yesterday we headed out to check out a local festival.  This one was all about FOOD, Polish festival of taste in a village just down the road from us in Gruczno.  I will have to admit one of the reasons why we love living here in Poland is the food.  So when I found out a couple of weeks ago that there is a festival just about food, this instantly went on my calendar!

And holy cow was there food there.  If you left hungry there was something wrong with you! They had food of sorts something for everyone.  The only thing I did not see was soda, pop, Coke or whatever you call it.  Even water was a bit hard to find for us.  Now if you like beer, wine or other liquors, you would be in complete heaven as they were everywhere.

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Let the food tasting begin!

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A staple of ours at most festivals, Bigos. YUM!!

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Oh, the little things that make me laugh now. A year and half ago I would be seeking things like this desperately!

Pickled pumpkin.

Pickled pumpkin not sure how this is going to taste, so we had to get one jar. It is every Polish cookbook I have so it must be good.

Girls got thristy, so freshed pressed apple juice is what we tried.

Girls got thristy, so freshed pressed apple juice is what we tried.

Not sure what these were called but we had to try one.  Think of Polish version of pizza Hot Pockets then you know what we tried.

Not sure what these were called but we had to try one. Think of Polish version of pizza Hot Pockets then you know what we tried.

Not quite sure what you would do with that pig fat but the meat sure looks good.

Not quite sure what you would do with that pig fat but the meat sure looks good.

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The food booths go on forever it seemed.

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I REALLY need to work on my Polish so I can understand more of these.

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Do the Polish like their cheese? YES, all 20+ booths had lines like this. So needless to say, we didn’t try any cheese as it was complete chaos.

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Someone really enjoys listening to traditional Polish music.

They make it look so easy.

They had a fruit and vegetable craving contest going on which was the main reason we came today.  They make it look so easy.

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Everyone hard at work.

I need to find out the scoop on this festival!

I need to find out the scoop on this festival!

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Way to many flavors of honey to choose from.

The bee house.  We walked inside it and saw how they make honey.  Oh, did I mention that there were bees flying all around us?  And not one bite.

The bee house. We walked inside it and saw how they make honey. Oh, did I mention that there were bees flying all around us? And not one bite.

If I could just pick one of these up and run my finger down it.

If I could just pick one of these up and run my finger down it.

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Do you think we could not buy at least one jar of honey?

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We came back a bit later and they were finished with the contest.

This was my favorite.

This was my favorite.

There was just a FEW people here.

There was just a few people here, you think?

I have a thing for these hand-made baskets they make here in Poland.

I have a thing for these hand-made baskets they make here in Poland.

I am so glad my girls are speaking some Polish so they can do things like this!

I am so glad my girls are speaking some Polish so they can do things like this!

It was a great way to spend some family time as it had a bit of something for everyone.  Next year’s festival will be on our calendar as well and I will make sure we come really hungry!

Well enough typing I have some honey, ostrich jerky, white raspberries, pickled pumpkin, blueberry type juice try and some new soap to smell.

Do you have any favorite festivals you like to go to? I would have to say Polish Festival of Taste in Gruczno (Festiwal smaku Gruczno) is one of mine.

love kelley
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8 Responses to Time to visit…Polish Festival of Taste in Gruczno (Festiwal smaku Gruczno)

  1. Scott R. Lucado says:

    Looks like a great time. The more I think about it, the more I want to live in Poland!

    • It was a GREAT time!!! If you have never visited Poland you really need too!

      • Scott R. Lucado says:

        Actually, my wife (who was born in Poland) and I visited this summer. 9 days touring the country, then a week in her old hometown (Tarnow).

        The best vacation we’ve ever taken. I just fell in love with Poland–I would move there tomorrow. And I found out that a company I used to work for has a big operation in Krakow…maybe it’s time to send them a resume!

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  3. Joanna says:

    All that pig fat was to make smalec! Check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lard#Germany you just melt it and use it as a spread when it cools down. I know it sounds weird and it’s extremely unhealthy but I loved it as a child. they usually sell pieces of bread with it on festivals like that (usually accompanied by a pickle).

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