Update: Here Are the Details For Tremont’s Dyngus Day Celebration

click to enlarge Update: Here Are the Details For Tremont’s Dyngus Day Celebration
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Update: Tremont was home to generations of Polish-American immigrants, so it makes sense the neighborhood would participate in Cleveland’s annual Dyngus Day celebration that takes place the Monday after Easter.

“On Dyngus Day the neighborhood pubs and clubs invite Northeast Ohioans of all ages and ethnicities to indulge in traditional Polish comfort food, from stuffed cabbage at Sokolowski’s University Inn to Bigos hunter’s stew at the Tremont Tap House,” says Prosperity Social Club owner and neighborhood organizer Bonnie Flinner in a press release. “Tremont has many Dyngus Day options, whether it’s exploring the rich history and beautifully decorated hot-wax-and-dye pysanky eggs at the Ukrainian Museum Archives, getting a glimpse inside Polish Veterans Post 58 or tapping your toes to lively polka standards performed by legendary Stan Mejac at Prosperity.”

A complimentary Tremont-only Brew Bus will circulate throughout the neighborhood. Here’s what to expect.

Prosperity will open at 11 a.m. and feature live polka music from Stan Mejac from noon to 6 p.m. and from Malphonia from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Traditional food specials including an ethnic platter, kielbasi with cabbage and noodles, pork schnitzel, stuffed cabbage, kielbaski “corn dogs” and pierogi (including Prosperity’s “loaded pierogi platter”).

Forest City Brewery will release a special Dyngus Day Grodziskie Smoked Wheat Beer and have Kiedrowski's Bakery Paczkis, Polish sausage sandwiches and Sophie's Choice pierogi. There will be live music and dancing from 1 to 4 p.m. in Waldorf Beer Hall.

Hi and Dry Bowling & Beer will offer authentic food and drink and Polka karaoke with DJ Kenny from 6 to 9 p.m. The FD Roosevelt Post 58 Polish Legion of American Veterans will open at noon and feature Polish food and drink specials and live polka music from 3 to 7 p.m.

Sokolowski’s will open at 11 a.m. and host the Jimmy Kaye Polka Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Its all-Polish menu will feature stuffed cabbage, pierogi, fresh and smoked kielbaski, chicken paprikas, Salisbury steak, borscht, mushroom barley soup and Polish pastries.

The South Side opens at 11 a.m. and will have Polish food and drink specials. A polka band performs at 5 p.m. Tremont Tap House will open at 3 p.m. and feature a special Dyngus Day Cask Ale. There will also be ethnic-inspired food specials including apple & prune pierogi with fig brown butter cream sauce, a Kielbasa plate, and Hunter’s Stew “Bigos” with kraut, kielbasa, ham hock, pork shoulder, figs, apples and mushrooms.

And finally, the Ukrainian Museum Archives will be open from noon to 5 p.m. It will have special decorated Easter eggs for sale in its gift shop.

Original Post 3/20/2019: Founded in 2010 by husband and wife Justin Gorski and Laura Ross, the annual Cleveland Dyngus Day Festival draws crowds of about 40,000 to Gordon Square, Ohio City and Tremont.

DJ Kishka will serve as the host at this year’s event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22.

The festival will mainly take place on Detroit from West 57th to West 59th in the Gordon Square Arts District. In addition, the event will also overflow into other surrounding neighborhoods including Tremont, Ohio City, Hingetown, and Gordon Square. Lolly the Trolley will provide free transportation.

Kishka’s Beer Heaven Tent will feature food, shopping, official merchandise and pussy willows, and Sibling Revelry Brewery will serve up a special Kolsch just for the festival. Western Reserve Distillers will feature their vodka in a Polish Flag Shots, Jell-O shots and Bloody Marys (with Pope’s Bloody Mary mix and Randy’s Pickles), and 25 vendors will be on site at DJ Kishka’s Art & Craft Market.

Chardon Polka Band, Don Wojtila Band and the Alex Meixner Band will all perform on the main stage.

Ethnic food vendors include the Pierogi Lady, Pierogi Joe, Rudy’s Strudel & Bakery, Cleveland Vegan, Banter and Carmen’s.

Five local Polish women will compete in a beauty pageant for the title of Miss Dyngus Day, and an accordion parade will take place at 6 p.m. 

“We are excited to transform once again the Gordon Square Arts District into the ‘Polish Triangle’ for the 9th Annual Dyngus Day celebration,” says Councilman Matt Zone in a press release. “Our culturally diverse, culinary rich and artistic community welcomes you as we celebrate everything polish... Cleveland Style!”

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Jeff Niesel

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