The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and pierogi fun facts. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Pierogi fun facts.

Pierogi Fun Facts: Pierogi are boiled, baked or fried dumplings of unleavened dough traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit.

  • The word pierogies is popular in the U.S. and Canada because it underlines a ‘plurality’ of this well-known Polish food. However, this usage is not so appropriate since in fact the word ‘pierogi’ is already plural in Polish language.
  • Pierogi enjoyed a brief popularity as a sports food when Paula Newby-Fraser adopted them as her food of choice for the biking portion of the 1989 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team organizes a ‘pierogi race’ during their games. Four types of pierogi called Sauerkraut Saul, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion take part.
  • A small village Glendon, Alberta, Canada unveiled its roadside tribute to Ukrainian pyrogy in 1991. Glendon’s pyrogy is a huge statue of one pierogi put on the fork. The statue is 25-foot height, weights 6000 pounds and is made of fiberglass and steel.
  • The largest edible pierogi was made during Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana. It was a 92-pounds huge pierogi.
  • In November 2005, a woman claimed she had an image of Jesus Christ seared into the side of a pierogi she made. Her family placed the pierogi on eBay and netted $1,775.

Key Dates

  • October 8th is National Pierogi Day.

Pierogi Fun Facts We Missed

If we missed any pierogi fun facts let us know in the comment section or our food truck forum. If we can verify the facts we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about the Pierogi.

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