Corpus Christi Church’s 6th Annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Contest



Contest Celebrates Buffalo’s Passion for Pierogi!

Corpus Christi Church is once again looking for Buffalo’s best pierogi.  This historic east side church is hosting its sixth annual Buffalo’s Best Pierogi contest on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 4:30p.m. The contest is open to all amateur cooks and businesses.

The contest has grown from fourteen contestants in its first year to last year’s high of forty-three. Christopher Byrd, the contest organizer, says the event “captures Buffalo’s love for food and while celebrating our city’s rich ethnic heritage with recipes and traditions passed on from one generation to the next. Buffalonians have incredible passion for their pierogi.”

People who wish to enter the contest can online by visiting the church’s website or by contacting the rectory at (716) 896-1050. The deadline for entries is Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Applicants will be judged in one of four categories:

Homemade Traditional – boiled or fried pierogi filled with cheese, cheese/potato or kapusta (pickled or fresh cabbage) with or without mushrooms, carrots, etc.

Homemade Non-Traditional – open to entrant’s creativity, keeping in mind that a pierog is a stuffed pocket of dough.

Commercial – open to any business using a traditional recipe.

And new for 2013, Desert – pierogi made as a desert open to entrant’s creativity

A group of celebrity judges will determine the winners for the contest.  Winners in each category will walk away with the title of Buffalo’s Best Pierogi Maker.

The contest will take place during Corpus Christi’s 34th annual Dożynki (pronounced Do-ZHIN-kee) Polish Harvest Festival on August 16, 17 and 18.  This joyful commemoration, which dates to the middle ages, is the Polish equivalent of America’s Thanksgiving holiday.

Corpus Christi Church was founded in 1898 and is located in the heart of East Buffalo’s Historic Polonia.

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