A weekend to bring out the Polish in all of us

Last year's Polish Wedding at the Polish Town Fair and Festival in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Last year’s Polish Wedding at the Polish Town Fair and Festival in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

August weekends in Riverhead aren’t just about days at the beach, wineries and farmstands. There’s one weekend each year here that’s all about heritage … and having fun.

The 40th annual Polish Town Fair and Polka Festival comes to Riverhead’s Polish Town this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17. 

The event, which is sponsored by the Polish Town Civic Association, features a free street fair that takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days with art, crafts and jewelry.

And, of course, our favorite part is the specialty booths featuring Polish imports and authentic Polish food — including kielbasa, homemade pierogi, stuffed cabbage and babka.

The official 2014 Polish Town mug, souvenir cookbook and T-shirt will also be available for sale. Music will be provided by Mike Niemic’s Variety Band.

Among Saturday’s highlights are the re-enactment of an old-fashioned Polish wedding on the steps of St. Isidore R.C. Church, a flag-raising and Polish choir and Miss Polish Town 2014, Anna Sadowski.

Polonaise Park’s Polka Dance Festival runs from 2 to 10 p.m. featuring Eddie Forman and Dennis Polisky, Polka Country Musicians and the Maestro’s Men.

Admission is $18 for adults and $8 for children under 16.

Sunday’s events include Polish cooking demonstrations and other family entertainment, beginning at noon in the Polish Town pavilion.

We’ll see you there!