17th Pierogi Festival

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - Sunday, August 18, 2019

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - Sunday, August 18, 2019
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Let’s Make Pierogi!

Pierogi are a core part of Polish cuisine – and where better to explore their huge variety than the 16th Pierogi Festival! Between 15 and 19 August, the Small Market Square fills with delicious smells of myriad fillings: meat with fried onion, spinach, sweet cream cheese, blueberries and any other delicacies the summer has on offer. There will be a whopping 15 stands, so take care not to overeat! The festival competition changes format this year: instead of searching for best new flavour, the jury assesses traditional cream – stuffed with potatoes and cheese – with the best receiving the coveted statuette of St. Jacek. Participants also compete for the Casimir the Great statuette awarded by the audience. But the festival isn’t just about sampling delicious flavours and fragrances – there are also workshops in making pierogi led by chefs from some of Kraków’s finest restaurants. Events are accompanied by florist displays held as part as the Magical Power of Bouquets events and concerts held on a stage erected on the Small Market Square, making learning and cooking more fun!

(Monika Łokaj, "Karnet" magazine)

For whom: for children, for seniors, for families
Other: open air event, free admission, acceptable for people with disabilities

Small Market Square

Small Market Square

In the Middle Ages, the air over this charming corner was suffused with the aroma of meat and fish, and later also of printing ink!

The Small Market Square provided ancillary space for the Main Market Square from the Middle Ages onwards. It was here that goods that did not look or smell great were sold: mostly meat and fish. The trade (later also with previously enjoyed goods, fruit, etc.) disappeared from here with the advent of modern technology: early in the 20th century a tramline to the Main Market Square crossed the centre of its smaller partner.

Most worthy of mentioning of all the houses standing on the Small Market Square is Szoberowska House (No. 6) with a late Gothic façade. It is here that the first Polish paper, Merkuriusz Polski, was printed in 1661. Malicious tongues add that it was published for not much longer than six months before the publishers moved to Warsaw, yet no one dares to doubt that no other city but Kraków is the cradle of the Polish media.

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