20th Pierogi Festival

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - Monday, August 15, 2022

  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 - Monday, August 15, 2022

According to legend, pierogi were first brought to Poland in the 13th century by Jacek Odrowąż, the Dominican priest otherwise known as St Hyacinth. The original filling was made of cheese and buckwheat; a few centuries later, the latter was replaced by potatoes. The traditional competition for the statuette of St Jacek is held during the 20th Pierogi Festival. The Small Market Square fills with exhibitors competing for the audience award – the Casimir the Great statuette – by serving up classic and modern boiled, fried or baked versions of everyone’s favourite delicacy. There will also be culinary workshops presenting the best methods for making dough and fillings and the craft of making the perfect pierogi. Time to go crazy for pierogi!

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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