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Dyngus Day celebrates spring with Polish food, music

Hey, now! Dyngus Day, a Polish celebration marking the end of Lent and the joy of Easter, returns to Cleveland’s Gordon Square Art District on April 21.

The fourth annual Cleveland Dyngus Day celebration looks like it will be bigger and better than ever. DJ Kishka leads the celebration, which features the Miss Dyngus Pageant, the March of the Accordions and live music on the entertainment stage. Many fine dining establishments in Gordon Square, Ohio City and Tremont will feature authentic Polish food, beer and music. Here are a few of the highlights.

The Accordion Parade begins at 5 p.m. at the corner of West 58th Street and Detroit Avenue in Kishka’s Beer Heaven Tent sponsored by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. Kishka’s Beer Heaven Tent opens at 11 a.m. with entertainment by the Chardon Polka Band, followed by The Hobos at 1:30 p.m. The Miss Dyngus Pageant and the Dyngus Dog Pageant with DJ Kishka take place at 4 p.m. The Don Wojtila Orchestra is on stage from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave., is featuring a kishka dog with mini pierogi and vodka sauerkraut, and Willoughby Brewing Co.’s Kishka Kolsch.

The nearby Parkview Tavern, 1261 W. 58th St., will serve Polish food all day long, including Polish Boy sandwiches topped with fries, slaw and barbecue sauce, kielbasa sliders, pierogi, potato pancakes, Polish duck soup and stuffed cabbage rolls.

Luxe, 6605 Detroit Ave. in Gordon Square, is offering pan-fried potato pierogi with roasted shallots and garlic, West Side Market apple-cured bacon bits and local apple butter.

Spice Kitchen and Bar, 5800 Detroit Ave., will have a Polish-inspired menu featuring the “Ivan Putski” sandwich.

Sterle’s Slovenian Country House is selling sausage, schnitzel and soup all day in Kishka’s Beer Heaven Tent, and Rudy’s Strudel Bakery of Parma is offering paczki doughnuts.

The Flying Fig, 2523 Market Ave., is serving potato pancakes with house-made applesauce, green onions and sour cream, short rib, potato and goat cheese pierogi and grilled kielbasa sliders with Wake Robin kraut. Across the street, Great Lakes Brewing Co. is also featuring a special Polish menu.

Bar Cento, 1948 W. 25th St., is creating pierogi pizza.

Nano Brew, 1859 W. 25th St., is dishing up “Ring-a-Dyngus” open-faced breaded pork loin sandwiches with mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy and sauerkraut.

Mitchell’s Ice Cream is concocting a Dyngus Day ice cream flavor called Rum Babka.

Southside, 2207 W. 11th St., is offering food specials like meatball, sour cream and cherry soup, kielbasa-stuffed pierogi, beef roulade with bacon, braised cabbage and potato pancakes. Southside will have a Bingo Hall and a Dyngus Day Dash race.

Tremont Tap House, 2572 Scranton Road, is preparing breaded pork cutlet with herb mashed potatoes and wild mushrooms, apple and prune pierogi with brown butter, and braised kielbasa with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes.

Lolly the Trolley will shuttle Dyngus Day folks among all venues in Ohio City, Detroit-Shoreway and Tremont. Trolleys will run from noon to 8 p.m. Look for red and white balloons outside of each official Dyngus Day venue.

 

 

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