Roncesvalles Polish Festival in Toronto

This weekend is Polish Festival on Roncesvalles in Toronto, Ontario.  This will be the second year that we have gone with friends to the Polish Festival and we thought we should share with you some tips on how to make sure you have an awesome experience!

  1. Take public transit so that you can avoid driving there, if you can. While there are options for parking, they aren’t great.  Try going to the Dundas West subway station and walking south on Roncesvalles.  Within a couple of minutes of walking, you are at the top of the street and surrounded by delicious food vendors.
  2. Bring your appetite! (and cash…some vendors do not take credit cards)  My favourites:
    • Perogis (cottage cheese or cheddar cheese) – the best vendors for perogis, in my opinion, are Benna’s Bakery and Deli and The Knight’s Table (proceeds to charity, so extra win for stopping here!).
    • Roasted corn – shake lots of spices on there!
    • Polish sausage – if you like sauerkraut, make sure you get some on there.
    • Pickle on a stick – I’m a huge fan of the ones sold at The Knight’s Table but beware – they are very juicy.
    • Bigos – this is a type of hunter’s stew made with cabbage and pork.
    • Ice cream – while there are ice cream trucks with all the classic offerings, you should definitely consider checking out Ed’s Real Scoop. This year, they featured pierniczki-flavoured ice cream. I learned that pierniczki is a type of polish gingerbread.
  3. Get ready to play…. the festival has small rides and games available for children (and those young at heart).
  4. Carry a bag or backpack with you. There are a lot of vendor stalls set up and businesses open along Roncesvalles, some with special prizes and promotions.  You may be able to pick some free samples or good deals.
  5. Polka polka – the music at Polish Festival is great and there are occasionally dancers showing off their polka skills and traditional costumes. There are multiple stages and buskers set up along the street.
  6. Get your drink on. There are beer gardens along Roncesvalles.  If you can, try some Zywiec (a Polish beer).  Try to stake out a place to sit after you have had your fill of the food offerings.  We found a few tables around 7:00 p.m. and drank beer as the sun set and long after.

Na zdrowie! (Cheers!)