From Wikipedia.com, by way of introduction: Pierogi (Polish pronunciation: [pjɛˈrɔɡʲi]; also spelled perogi, pierogy, perogy, pierógi, pyrohy, pirogi, pyrogie, or pyrogy... are dumplings of unleavened dough - first boiled, then they are baked or fried usually in butter with onions - traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit.
In other words, ideal for shoving down one's gullet in record numbers and at record speeds. The amazing Takeru Kobayashi regularly does it with hog dogs. Chicago's own grub snarfing king Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti apparently is ranked number 2 in the world. As you might know, there's even a competitive eating organization that presides over officially sanctioned eating events.
Polish Fest's pierogi pig-out, which takes place on May 4, isn't one of them. The winner's only prize, therefore, is deep-seated pride in having out-gorged his or her competitors after three strictly timed minutes of utter (and, promotional verbiage notes, slightly disgusting) gluttony.
Polish Fest Pierogi Eating Contest
Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m. (rain or shine)
Main outdoor covered stage at Copernicus Center
5216 W. Lawrence Ave. (Jefferson Park)
Admission to festival: $5 (12 and under free)
So come one, come all with your hearty appetites and suppressed gag reflexes and vie for the chance to be Chicago's Pierogi Eating Champ.
But please, let's avoid a repeat of this (warning: may gross out some viewers).