This past Saturday as part of the Dozynki Harvest Festival we celebrated the 10th annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi contest at Corpus Christi. Being to the event as a spectator a few years ago, I was a little jealous of the judges who had the opportunity to try a variety of traditional and non traditional pierogi’s from some of the best pierogi makers, thinking one day it would be really cool if I could be a judge.
Flash forward to this past weekend and there I was sitting at the judges table (it’s crazy how things happen sometimes). I went in really not knowing what to expect, all I knew was I was going to be tasting a variety of pierogi. I made some friends at my table, all offering advice and tips on being a judge, sharing stories about the neighborhood and their connection to it. At the end of it I had tried six different pierogi, all very good, but different. It was neat to see the different presentations and the creativity that came with each one.
For me what I took away from this experience was not only about tasting pierogi, but it was a really nice afternoon spent in the heart of the east side of Buffalo enjoying the blessings we have. It was time that I was able to share some of my stories with others and listen to them. I even introduced some of my friends who have never been to Corpus Christi the chance to see the beauty that still exists in the neighborhood.
Below are some of the photo’s I took from the contest. If you haven’t been to this festival before, I suggest putting it on your list of events to attend for next year.
Non traditional pierogi
Group shot of the judges