Almost every food item has a National Holiday or Fun Day dedicated to celebrate the consumption of our favourite foods. National Perogy Day is observed on October 8th, each year.
There are several different ways to spell the dumpling name depending on your nationality, but in Canada it is typically seen as Perogy (singular) or Perogies (plural). Other common spellings are Pierogi or Pierogies (Poland); Varenyky or Pyrohy (Ukraine); and Pirog or Perog (Russia), but no matter what you call them, they are incredibly delicious!
Traditional fillings include cheese and mashed potato, vegetables, meat or fruit, but this half-moon shaped dough can literally be filled with anything you can think of, and then served with an array of different ingredients or condiments. For example, the Classic Potato and Cheddar Cheese Perogy is often topped with caramelized onions, bacon bits and a side of sour cream.
During our National Perogy Day event at the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market, stuffed. also offered a Perogy Poutine (smothered in cheese curds and gravy) and Buffalo Perogy dish (tossed in a spicy Buffalo sauce with carrot and celery sticks to dip in ranch dressing).
Since the market is not open on Sundays, we celebrated this National Holiday on Saturday, October 7th, with the 102.9 K-Lite Street Team. While some people enjoyed eating their Perogies hot and fresh at the market for lunch, many other customers purchased frozen Perogies and Cabbage Rolls to host their own special day at home.