Jurewicz is a member of the Polish-American Century Club in Sterling Heights, which puts on the much bigger American-Polish Festival and Craft Show there, a few miles from the Polish enclave of Hamtramck. He said the Cedar Polka Fest is “small, but enjoyable” and gives attendees a good feel for Polish culture.
“The food was good, the music. It had a nice, small-town atmosphere. It gave a lot of exposure to people who moved to the (Cedar) area and their connection to Polish heritage,” Jurewicz said.
The festival also is a family affair for Mikowski, whose daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Donald, come up from the Atlanta area every year with their children to help run the food booth. On busy weekends, when bus tours often make stops, a crew of eight or more is needed to keep up with the demand for sauerkraut-topped sandwiches such as the Polish Reuben and the Super Polish, sides like “golabki” (cabbage rolls) and “pierogies” (dumplings), and desserts including cherry jam-filled “paczki” (pastries).
A sample platter of favorite dishes heaped high in a three-compartment foam container sells for $9.50, said Mikowski, who will serve up about 1,800 of the dinners over a typical weekend.
Admission to the Polka Fest is $5 on Thursday and Sunday and $10 on Friday and Saturday, or $20 for a three-day pass. Kids 13 through 20 get in for half price if accompanied by a parent, and kids 12 and under get in free.
For more information, visit www.cedarpolkafest.com.