Milwaukee Polish Fest (cont.)
Food and drink are always a high point
Dining - Restaurants offer delicious ethnic specialties like Polish sausage, pierogi and potato pancakes. At cooking demos, expert cooks prepare Polish favorites.
Drinking - Polish Fest is the only ethnic festival to directly import beer (Tyskie) for its festival. At the Sobieski Vodka Upper Deck House Party, enjoy specialty mixed Sobieski Vodka drinks and Jimmy Luv Bloody Marys. Located on the upper deck of the Harley-Davidson area and open 2-11pm Friday and Saturday; 1-7pm Sunday. There will also be a Sobieski Vodka Tasting.
At the Cultural Village, artists demonstrate woodcarving, paper cutting (wycinanki), floral head wreaths, straw weaving, the Polish Confederatka cap and decorating eggs (pisanki).
Visit the Polish Forum tent to hear local historians speak about Polish history and experts discuss related topics.
Always popular are the Polish Highland Sheepdogs, (Tatra) will be wagging their tails to greet you.
At the Genealogy area, festgoers can trace their Polish roots and learn about Polish related history in Milwaukee and abroad.
At the Sukiennice, or outdoor marketplace, browse amber jewelry, Boleslawiec pottery, blown glass ornaments, Polish crystal, hand-carved wooden boxes and fest souvenirs. The Maly Sklep (Little Store) features food products typically found in a Polish general store.
Children’s activities include crafts, games, bounce house, rock wall and more.
Sunday’s 21st Annual Chopin Youth Piano Competition represents a milestone for this performance opportunity for young pianists. Over two decades plus, competitors have represented: 19 states, one international country (Taiwan), and more than 55 cities from Wisconsin.
The competition is divided into two age divisions – Junior, ages 14 and under, and Senior, ages 15-18. To date, the Chopin Youth Piano Competition has awarded well over $16,500.