The Polish Town Civic Association food stall was a buzz of activity Sunday afternoon as a crowd gathered along Pulaski Street.
“I need another two orders of pierogies and sour cream!” shouts Lisa Mielnicki from the front of the tent. A few feet away, the volunteers quickly toss the traditional dumplings into a paper container. Before they can catch their breath, another order.
“Another sandwich with kraut!” yells Ms. Mielnicki, and the half-dozen cooks get back to work.
For Lisa, Tom, Gianna, Ariana and Nicole Mielnicki, and Mike Frare and Scott Szczepanik, this has been their Polish Town Fair for years. And these kings and queens of kielbasa would have it no other way.
“It’s the one thing you look forward to each summer,” Ariana Mielnicki said. “You count down the days until the Polish Town Fair.”
See the team in action below as they prepare sandwiches from the 2,300 pounds of kielbasa ordered for the fair.
Read more about the making of kielbasa and pierogies in this week’s News-Review.