Julie Sargentelli remembers going to the Polish Fest in Worcester as a kid. As soon as she joined the White Eagle Polish membership club, she said it was a goal of hers to bring the festival back.
Now White Eagle, is hosting its first annual Polish Fest on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sargentelli said there hasn’t been a Polish Fest in decades. It was previously run by the Polish American Veterans club in Worcester, but they stopped putting it on.
Saturday’s event will have Polish food — including kielbasa, golabki, pierogi and okocim, Polish music, basket raffles and a money wheel, according to Sargentelli who manages the White Eagle bar and function hall on Green Street. There will also be hot dogs and hamburgers for sale, Sargentelli said.
The Eddie Forman Orchestra, a polka band that’s been performing since 1968, will be performing from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to a flyer for the event.
Most of the event’s tables will be outside, where there will be a beer tent, according to Sargentelli. The tent will be selling beer, Truly and White Claw, while hard liquor will be available at the bar which will be open inside.
The event will also feature the vendors Krafts by Kayla and Busy Mom Bling, which will be stationed upstairs in the function hall where the Worcester Railers will also have a table and there will be face painting and games for kids.
“It’s going to be a really fun day,” Sargentelli said. The event will celebrate the large Polish community in the city and its heritage and history, Sargentelli said.
Sargentelli said she hopes Saturday’s event is only the beginning of the events history. Next year she said she said to close down the street and getting other businesses and community members involved.
Admission to the event is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase with tickets that attendees can purchase upon entry.