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Twin Cities Polish Festival August 12, 13, & 14, 2016

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.

Friday Night's Polka Stage Entertainment Announced!

The 2016 Twin Cities Polish Festival is excited to announce that the Riverside Hitmen and Riverside Swing Band will be performing on Friday night August 12 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Visit our Polka Stage link for more information and get ready to dance the night away along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis!

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Sculpture Extraordinaire - Chodakowska

Margaret Chodakowska was born in Lodz, and attended the art school there. Chodakowska started sculpting in her childhood, first with soaps and then transitioned to wood. By 1985 she moved to Warsaw to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, and then in 1988 moved to Vienna to study there. She met and married artist Klaus Zimmerling, and they moved to Dresden. They also started and maintain a vineyard in a small village Oberpoyritz.

She indicated that she is fascinated by dance moves, and one can easily see this reflected in her work. In search of additional inspiration Chodakowska has travelled to Portugal, Egypt and Cambodia. Somewhat reluctant to part with her sculptures for sale, they can be viewed throughout her studio and also through her property, and in many galleries. Her wooden pieces are embellished with gold sheet, a unique blending of rustic wood and shiny metal.

Characteristic of her work are "Stammfrauen" oversized sculptures, created from tree trunks. Chodakowska sculpts in wood linden, pear, cherry and oak, and also ash woods. She uses a chisel and mallet. Some of the sculptures are coated with acrylic paints. Since the trip to Egypt, she also creates in gold. In the early nineties she created sculptures in tin and glass, since the mid-nineties in bronze. One of her most well-known pieces is “Mourning Girl Sea of Tears” located at the Heidefieldhof Cemetery outside Dresden. Currently she has added water as a part of her sculptures, making them come alive with movement and lightness. Her work is highly respected in top sculpture art markets.
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We have for you a true Polish food paradise - bigos (hunter's stew,), żurek (sour rye soup ), kiełbasa (sausage), pierogi (dumplings) and gołąbki (stuffed cabbage). And of course piwo (beer) to really appreciate it. What is your favourite Polish food?

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Poland survives to the quarter finals in the Euro 2016

In a fiercely competitive game that resulted in a 1-1 finish with Switzerland, the Poles take the win during the shootout - For Poland being in the quarter-finals is the first time in their history. Five out of five for Poland, they were perfect, Switzerland only made 4. Poland will play their next game on 6/30 against either Croatia or Portugal
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Somewhere in Poland - Inwald

Approximately 45 km (28 miles) lies the small village of Inwald.
The village has a population of 3,202. Various historical references are made to the village - 1317 as Hoyenewaldt and later as Helwand (1326), Henwald (1346), Hynwald (1430), Huwalth (1529), Inwald (1581).

Today, the village offers the opportunity to spend a few days traveling the world. The amusement part has all various famous sites (in miniature) from around the world - from the Vatican, the Statute of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Eiffel tower, Venice or wander next door and visit with your favorite dinosaur.
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Always time for zurek

The sour rye soup (Polish: żur, żurek); is a soup made of soured rye flour (akin to sourdough) and meat (usually boiled pork sausage or pieces of smoked sausage, bacon or ham). It is specific to the cuisines of Poland and Belarus, where it is known as żur or żurek (diminutive). A variant made with wheat flour instead of rye is known in Poland as barszcz biały ("white borscht").
In Poland it is sometimes served in an edible bowl made of bread or with boiled potatoes. The recipe varies from region to region.
In Silesia, a type of sour rye soup known as żur śląski is served in a bowl, poured over mashed potatoes. In the Podlaskie region, it is common to eat żurek with halved hard-boiled eggs.
In Poland żurek is traditionally eaten at Easter, but is also popular during other parts of the year. It is sometimes flavored with bits of sausage, usually eaten with bread or buns, or even served in a bowl made from bread.
The Polish name 'żur' (diminutive: 'żurek') comes from the Middle High German word 'sūr' ('sauer' in modern German), meaning sour.
1. Sour Rye Soup - żurek, served in bread.
2. Sourdough.
3. Żurek served with egg and sausage.
4. Special bread made for żurek.

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2016 Festival Hours

Friday, August 12:     5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, August 13:    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, August 14:    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Twin Cities Polish Festival Location

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43 SE Main St | Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

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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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This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.