Presenting a guest post by Brent:
That’s right, last weekend was the 14th annual Polish Festival, and what a damn good time it was! This was the first year that I’ve marched on over the Failing Street Pedestrian Bridge to arguably the best festival in Portland and the largest Polish festival on the West Coast. The Polish fest packed the perfect amount of people, food, and beer, with some fantastic entertainment to keep everyone amped.
While gabbing with friends, I sampled some delicious sweet cheese pierogis and drank copious amounts of Black Boss Porter (not for the weak at 9.4% abv). Yum Yum!
Everyone was extremely friendly and extremely Polish, which was a pleasant surprise. No sorority girls and frat boys jibber-jabbering in the beer line, just lots of happy Poles speaking their native tongue. I couldn’t enjoy the atmosphere more.
I thought the entertainment was also top notch, with a couple very talented Polish folk dance groups from British Columbia (Polonez from Vancouver and Polskie Orly from Kelowna). Saturday evening ended with Polonus Band laying down the beat. Dubbed the “best Polish band in the Northwest,” Polonus was a site to behold, and so was the crowd. Since the passing of Nirvana, it’s rare to see teenagers get this excited about a band. But, with everyone having such a marvelous time, I wasn’t surprised.
I’m sure next year’s 15th anniversary will really make everyone yell “Na Zdrowie!” See you there.