Farmington market celebrates Polish heritage with dancers, beer, music

The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market kicks off its first annual cultural heritage celebration October 8, recognizing October as Polish national heritage month.

“Roll Out the Market” will feature live music, authentic foods, craft beer, costumed dancers, kid’s activities and much more happening alongside the weekly market, which is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park.

Father Krzysztof Nowak of St. Gerald’s Catholic Church, who recently arrived in Michigan from Poland, will open the market with a special blessing and ringing of the market bell. The famed Zamek Dance Troupe will appear in full costume, performing choreographed dance and will also host a children’s activity, crafting “Wianicks” a traditional European flower crown.

Authentic Polish fare available at the Market will include pierogi, potato pancakes, grilled Polish sausage and stuffed cabbage. Baked offerings include angel wings, almond rolls, poppyseed rolls, dark rye breads and more.

The Farmington Brewing Company joins the market for the day, debuting its “Piwo,” a traditional polish light beer brewed with smoked wheat. Beer service will begin at 11 a.m., along with the start of live music with The Kielbasa Kings.

Market Manager Walt Gajewski credits volunteers Micki Skrzycki, Mike Kunz and Mary Burck for inspiring the day.

“Events like this really showcase the festive nature of our weekly farmer’s market, while the market volunteers are a true reflection of what we call Saturday life in a Michigan small town,” he said. “This will be a crazy fun day in Farmington.”