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Celebrating Bigos
December 13, 2015   
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If you have spent some time in Poland, you may have tried bigos, a distinctly Polish dish. Bigos is a heavy and savory stew of cabbage, sauerkraut and different kinds of meat. It was the focus of the Polish Bigos Festival—a fun event celebrating bigos in all its forms—held in eastern Poland in mid-November.

Now in its 10th year, the festival was started after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. It was first held as a protest after the European Commission banned the practice of reheating food multiple times, a cooking process widely credited for the unique flavor of bigos. After the success of the first event, the festival became increasingly popular and an annual fixture.

The Polish Bigos Festival is held in the Marzanna Folk Village in Niedrzwica Ko¶cielna near the eastern city Lublin.

Władysław Boruch, the festival organizer, says bigos deserves a festival of its own because it is “the most Polish of all Polish specialties.”

This year’s event was attended by hundreds of people who cheered for teams from catering schools and restaurants. Competing to prepare the most delicious bigos, the teams vied for a Gold, Silver and Bronze Pot award and for a people’s choice award. Festival attractions also included performances by popular music acts and folk bands.
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