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National Pierogi Day

Celebrate National Pierogi Day with delicious pierogies! Enjoy the classic flavors or invent your own - it's time to get creative in the kitchen!
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October 8
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Get ready to celebrate National Pierogi Day on Oct. 8! These delicious dumplings have been around since the 13th century, originating in Eastern Europe as a popular and tasty dish among peasants. Now, they are enjoyed all over the world in many unique flavors and varieties - from sweet cheese-filled pierogis to savory bacon-filled ones, there is something for everyone's taste buds! So why not join us this October 8th by cooking up some of these delectable treats?

History of National Pierogi Day

National Pierogi Day Dates

National Pierogi Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>13th Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pierogi's Origin</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pierogies are believed to have been first made in Poland during the 13th century and quickly spread to various regions in Eastern Europe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pierogi Immigrates to America</div><div class='timeline-text'>With a massive wave of Eastern European immigrants, Pierogi made its way to America and started becoming a popular dish among various cultural groups.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1952</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Pierogi Business</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ted Twardzik Senior, considered the "father of the pierogi industry," launched the business Mrs. T’s Pierogies, selling the traditional Polish dumplings on a larger scale.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pierogi Festival Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana, was first held, celebrating the food's history and culture. The three-day event is now considered one of the Midwest's most significant food festivals.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Pierogi Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Tom and Sophie Hodor, founders of the Pierogi Tennis Tournament in Pennsylvania, established National Pierogi Day, celebrated every October 8.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increased Pierogi Popularity</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pierogi continues to gain popularity globally, celebrated in both homes and restaurants for its diverse flavor profiles and simple, comforting ingredients.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Pierogi Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own pierogis</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making pierogis is easier than you think. All you need is a dough made with flour, water, and salt, and a filling of your choice - cheese, potatoes, mushrooms, or anything else you like. Then just boil them up and enjoy!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for pierogis</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Order out from your favorite pierogi joint or search for one on Yelp. Enjoy the different styles of pierogis available - savory, sweet, classic, or inventive.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a pierogi party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over for dinner and make a spread of all kinds of pierogis - classic potato and cheese plus more creative flavors like bacon and cheddar or broccoli and parmesan. Don't forget the sour cream.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake some pierogi desserts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make up some sweet treats with pierogi dough - try mini pies filled with cinnamon apples or chocolate chips, or make little donuts filled with jam or custard. Yum!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore pierogi culture</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Learn about the history of pierogis and explore their cultural significance in Eastern European countries like Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Slovakia, Romania and beyond.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Pierogi Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pierogis are Delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The combination of mashed potatoes, onions and cheese wrapped up in a soft dough makes pierogi one of the tastiest dishes around! Not to mention you can top them with all kinds of delicious condiments, like melted butter, sour cream or caramelized onions. So if you're looking for something different - and delicious - give pierogi a try on National Pierogi Day!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pierogis are easy to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Making your own pierogis is surprisingly easy! All you need is some store bought dough (or make your own) and some filling ingredients, like mashed potatoes, onions and cheese. Then just roll out the dough and fill with your choice of ingredients, cut out circles, and steam or boil until cooked through.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Pierogis are fun to eat</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Not only do pierogis taste amazing, but they're also a lot of fun to eat! Try eating them like tacos by folding them over into bite size pieces or adding various toppings like bacon bits or diced tomatoes. Give it a go on National Pierogi Day for an extra special treat!</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Trivia for National Pierogi Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pierogi Shows Love and Respect in Slavic Cultures</h3><p class='facts-content'>In many Slavic cultures, the tedious and time-consuming process of making pierogi has become a family tradition, offering the perfect opportunity for multi-generational bonding. Cooking pierogi is often associated with holidays, special events and showing love to family and friends.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>"Pyrohy" in Ukrainian Means "Feast"</h3><p class='facts-content'>While Polish pierogi is widely recognized, it's also beloved in Ukraine, called "pyrohy," translating to "feast." Indeed, pierogi would be served at major feasts and are still a staple for Ukrainians around the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Whiting, Indiana Holds the Record for the Largest Pierogi</h3><p class='facts-content'>The record for the world's largest pierogi was set in 1994 during Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana. The colossal pierogi weighed in at a whopping 92 pounds, far exceeding the size of a typical dumpling.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cracow in Poland Holds an Annual Pierogi Festival</h3><p class='facts-content'>In Poland, pierogi are celebrated in an annual festival called Pierogi Day, held in Cracow. There, cooks from various regions annually compete to create the most unique and delicious versions of this traditional dish.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pittsburgh Sports Fans Enjoy Pierogi Races</h3><p class='facts-content'>Adding to the cultural significance of pierogi, Pittsburgh's Major League Baseball team, the Pirates, hosts a fan-favorite pierogi race during the middle of the 5th inning at every home game, featuring mascots dressed as pierogi.</p></div></div>

National Pierogi Day FAQs

When is National Pierogi Day?

National Pierogi Day is celebrated on October 8 every year. In 2024 National Pierogi Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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