Sample Kielbasa, Pierogies, and Beer at St. George Ukrainian Festival


The 39th Annual St. George Ukrainian Festival starts today, May 15, on 7th Street between Second and Third Avenues. The festival, which runs through Sunday, raises money for St. George Ukrainian Church and celebrates the traditions of a culture that was once the largest demographic in the East Village.

This year the neighborhood festival takes on extra meaning — it’s the first held after the East Village explosion in March. A portion of the proceeds will benefit those affected by the blast.

In addition to a stage showcasing Ukrainian music and dance performers, the street will be lined with booths selling everything from Ukrainian clothing to folk art.

Food is one of the top reasons many people flock to the yearly event; this year Andrew Ilnicki, manager of East Village Meat Market, is organizing a tasty line-up of choices. “We’re going to have the best of Eastern European food, from pierogies to stuffed cabbage and kielbasa, all made by the us,” says Ilnicki.

Veselka will have its own booth this year, while Jimmy’s No. 43 will be serving a wide array of beer in its basement bar.

For dessert, parishioners will be making sweet treats from danishes to doughnuts. “Everyone is going to bake something at home, so you will see specialty cakes from multiple parts of Ukraine,” said Inmicki.

The festival runs May 15 through 17. For more information visit: