Twin Cities Polish Festival August 7, 8, & 9, 2015

Twin Cities Polish Festival Minneapolis, MN

Welcome to the Twin Cities Polish Festival in Minneapolis, MN

Welcome to the Twin Cities Polish Festival!

The Twin Cities Polish Festival is a non-profit organization created to bring a world-class celebration of Polish culture and heritage to the Twin Cities. It also helps promote various community-service and Polish-American organizations.

The Twin Cities Polish Festival will immerse Minnesotans and visitors in “all things Polish”, presenting a kaleidoscope of unique cultural and educational displays, food and top-notch entertainment.

Bring a blanket, take a seat on the lawn along the Old Main Street in Minneapolis, visit with friends, watch outstanding musical and dance entertainment, enjoy traditional foods and beverages, and just simply have fun!

You’ll see for yourself why Poland has earned itself the reputation as one of the World’s most hospitable cultures.

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Chrzan - horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)

Chrzan (horseradish), a vegetable plant native to Poland, and cultivated since the 12th century. When mixed with red beets it is called ćwikła z chrzanem or simply ćwikła. Chrzan is one of the most popular food condiments in Poland, and served with a variety of foods, usually meat, and also used as a main ingredient for soups in Silesia on Easter.

It is classified in the same family as mustard, wasabi, broccoli and cabbage, and grown primarily for its root. Although it has hardly any aroma, when prepared (cut or grated) it produces “mustard” oil, and should be preserved in vinegar immediately for best flavor and taste. In Polish cottages, horseradish roots were kept in sand in the root cellar over the winter. During the summer, fresh juice from the root was added to milk to keep it from souring too quickly, and wrapping the leaves around butter kept it fresh longer. However, in the US, it is more common to combine it with mayonnaise. Also, horseradish cream (horseradish and sour cream) is also common.

Horseradish has been cultivated since ancient times, and even the Greeks documented that it was worth its weight in gold; ancient Egyptians documented its medical properties (1500 BC), and there is further medical documentation throughout the European Middle Ages of its use, mainly due to the resulting mustard oil created which has antibacterial and significant vitamin C properties.

Horseradish came to America with the European colonists, and there is documentation in both Washington and Jefferson’s garden accounts. Despite its name, the plant is poisonous to horses. (2 photos)
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Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

The Twin Cities Polish Festival and The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul in collaboration will present great Polish films, and will run concurrently with the Twin Cities Polish Festival August 8-10, 2014 as part of the Festival’s celebration of Polish culture and heritage. This year, the Festival is proud to offer Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Click here to learn more.

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Friday, August 7:     5:oo PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 8:    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 9:    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM



The Twin Cities Polish Festival is a 501(c)3 non profit organization; your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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