A noisy kitchen full of voices, busy waiters, and bustling women reminded me of traditional Polish village weddings somewhere in a remote Sub-Carpathian region of Poland. Everything started with a sweet smell of cookies…

Last weekend at the Polish Cultural Center you could eat some meat pierogi, Polish sausage, and a homemade poppyseed cake.

Polish Bazaars at Polish Cultural Center

Polish food in Polish Cultural Center in Seattle
Homemade Polish cakes donated by ladies from Polish Women’s Club in Seattle

Polish Cultural Center organizes two annual events called Bazaar:

  • Fall Bazaar in November
  • Spring Bazaar organized a week before Easter

Fall Bazaar is a 2-day event. On these days you can see Polish girls and women wearing traditional Cracowian outfits and/or a Highlander playing his violin on the stage.
On top of that,  there is a choir singing traditional Polish folk songs. 

Polish Bazaars are for many Seattleites a chance to eat borsch, meat pierogi or cabbage rolls. For many guests, that day was also a good occasion to meet and catch up with friends.

Polish homemade cakes from the Polish Women’s Club

Stands with the Polish homemade cakes were full of treats.
I remember how in the past ladies from the village used to gather in one house to bake all the wedding cakes and cookies together. There always was a main approving chef that would walk around and try all the icings and creams. This time all the cakes baked for the Fall Bazaar were made at individual houses and once brought that day to the table, each and every of them was a secret recipe.

On this occasion you can also eat some Polish donuts PĄCZKI, traditional Polish heavy cheesecake SERNIK, and poppyseed cake MAKOWIEC. 

The money collected during the Bazaars is allocated to the necessary renovations in the Polish Cultural Center and divided between all the Polish organizations functioning within it.