For four days in mid-August, the Old Square in Poznan becomes a culinary center in the heart of the city. I’m so glad that this occurred while our friends were visiting from the US so they got to see it and sample some of the treasures offered. Like most festivals in the old square, you’ll find arts and crafts, live music, and food.
This festival also included cooking demonstrations. I found this pierogi demonstration amazing. This young man made as many pierogi in the few minutes that I watched him as my friends and I made in a afternoon! His colleague on the right is cooking the pierogi and offering them to the crowd as fast as he can.
It was also the first time I’d seen kurtoskalacs, a Hungarian sweet bread known as chimney cake. A delicious sweet and it was fun to watch the preparation and baking process. The dough was cut into a spiral and wound onto the wooden. . . bobbin is the word that comes to mind. After the bread has baked and the sugar on the outside caramelized, the bread is sprinkled with more sugar or chopped nuts. I would consider sacrificing my rolling pin to try this at home.