Long Islanders have been making the trek out to Riverhead for the annual Polish Town Street Fair and Polka Festival since 1975. But for those who haven’t yet, the time, from Aug. 19-20, is now to uncover why the Polish take pride in their varieties of kielbasa, find out just how much fun it is to dance the Polka and pick up a Polish keepsake among the 300 vendors.
Held along Lincoln and Osborn avenues and Pulaski and School streets, discover the amazing aromas that fill the air, from the delicious pierogis (my personal favorite) and stuffed cabbage to the kielbasa (Polish Sausage) and sauerkraut. You will also find vendors (that’s right, I said 300 a minute ago) that will be selling their wares, including crafts and Polish T-shirts. You won’t be able to miss them, as most will be sporting the red and white colors of Poland.
And, if you like to Polka – or just like to watch – come out on Saturday, 5-11 p.m., to dance to the music of Mike Costa & The Beat, Middlesex Express and Polka Method, who are performing fun polka tunes for the Polka Dance Festival, held in Polonaise Park.
As someone who has never gone to this street fair, the idea of chowing down on freshly-made pierogis has me clearing my schedule to go check it out. And, no matter what favorite Polish treat you might want, there will certainly be plenty of traditional food to tempt you to go, too. So, go eat, dance, shop and have some Polish-style fun!
Polish Town Street Fair and Polka Festival
Location: Polonaise Park; Lincoln and
Osborn avenues; and Pulaski and School streets
Street Fair Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.