About the Festival
The Polish Festival in Portland, Oregon is the oldest Polish festival in the western United States. Since 1993, the festival has celebrated Polish culture, traditions, and achievements.
The number of visitors who attended the festival last year.
The number of dancers and musicians who performed at the festival last year, hailing from the Pacific Northwest and Poland.
The number of pierogies that were eaten by visitors during the festival last year.
Each year, the Polish Festival features authentic Polish food, live music and dance performances, exhibits about Polish history and culture, activities for children, polka contests, local merchants, and a beer garden.
Polish Food and Beer
Try traditional Polish cuisine, delicious pastries and refreshing beer.
Eat some pierogi (dumplings made with either cheese & potato or cabbage & mushroom), bigos (stew made with sausage & cabbage), kielbasa (sausage), or placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes). Pair that with some Polish beer (Okocim lager & Komes porter). Don't forget to save room for desert. Have some chrusty (deep fried pastry twists), sernik (Polish cheesecake) or other pastries. All food and drinks can only be purchased with festival tokens.
Kielbasa with Bigos
Portland's Polish Community
Oregon's first Polish families were predominately from the Carpathian Mountains of southern Poland and eastern Poland near present-day Ukraine. Upon emigrating to the United States, the families created a Polish National Alliance chapter in 1892. Later, they built the historic St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in 1907 and Polish Library Hall in 1911.
Both landmarks display Romanesque architecture commonly found in southern Poland, and have been officially recognized as state historic sites. The parish's namesake is St. Stanislaus Szczepanowski, martyr of the early church. He was archbishop of Krakow in the 11th Century.