Niagara Gazette

February 7, 2013

Grab a paczki and celebrate all that's Polish Sunday

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Head on out Sunday and warm up to polkas, Polish food and of course paczki! 

The 16th annual Paczki Day will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

What’s paczki? (pronounced punch-key). A paczek (singular, pronounced pohn-check) is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with jam or other sweet filling. A traditional filling is marmalade made from fried rose buds.

Fresh paczki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of fried orange zest. Paczki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. It is the feast of plenty before the Lenten fast begins. It is the last day of gaiety in Karnawal time, the period between Christmas and Lent. It is to mark the last moments of excess before the austerity of Lenten sacrifice.

The most popular flavor here is the black raspberry filled.

But don’t forget about the polkas — let the Polish Heritage Dancers show you how. The group — the Ambassadors of Western New York’s Polonia — has been hosting this celebration for the past 16 years and this serves as a fundraiser for costumes. Each region of Poland has it’s own unique dress and dances. So celebrate the last hurrah before lent Polish style.

The Bedrock Boys, will be playing all your favorite polkas from 2 to 6 p.m. The Polish Heritage Dancers will take the stage at 3 p.m. A Polish kitchen will be open for all your favorite Polish foods. Dinners as well as ala carte items, desserts and of course Paczki will be on the menu. Polish Beer will also be available.

There will also be a theme basket raffle and the Paczki King, Queen, Prince and Princess will be crowned.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Children under 12 can get in for only $2. For tickets, table reservations, or more information Michelle at 983-5084 or Debbie at 681-3526. Tickets are also available at the Am-Pol Eagle Newspaper, the voice of Polonia, 3620 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga (835-9454) and at Salt Lamps Etc. 5274 Broadway, Lancaster (564-9286.)

Visit their website at www.phdofwny.com for more information.