I know you are wondering about the title of this article. Because, let’s face it, that’s just a lotta pierogies! Well, in actuality, the number is 16,810 pierogies, or Varenyky as they are known in Ukrainian. And that number is how many Varenyky were made, according to Mary Shmotolocha of Yonkers, by the good cooks of the Ukrainian community in Yonkers. They are preparing for their 26th Annual UKRAINIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL, held annually on the grounds of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic church, on the corner of North Broadway and Shonnard Place in Yonkers.
You can experience Ukrainian culture – the warmth, the sounds, the smells (mmm!), all weekend long. Get there early, and have a plate of Varenyky, sample the Mlynsti (potato pancakes), or if you are really hungry, you can even eat some Chicken Kyiv! After a full belly, stop by some of the many vendors that will be selling wares of all kinds. After that, take a seat in front of the stage, and be prepared to be entertained by traditional dancers, singers and musicians of all ages, and from all over! The possibilities are endless. And while there, don’t forget about the amusements! Rides, games and attractions for kids of all ages!
The festival dates/times are Friday, June 17, 2011, 6-10pm; Saturday, June 18, 2011, 1-10pm; and Sunday, June 19, 2011, 1-7pm. For more information regarding performers, and schedules, you can visit www.yonkersukrainianfestival.org.