It was a very educational, (but still tons of fun) 'New to Naomi' this weekend. I headed to New York Mills for the Polish-American Festival.

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A lot of people have some sort of Polish roots in their family, but how many people actually know about the Polish culture. I have to admit, I didn't know a lot - but I did learn some while at the Polish-American Festival. The festival was at Sacred Heart–St. Mary Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church in New York Mills.

The festival had everything - raffles, games, Polish (and American) food, a huge basket raffle, flea market, Polish dancing and music... even Polish Beer!

One of the coolest things I got to try (besides the Polish Beer - that was pretty awesome) - was the Mushroom Stew. I had never heard of it, I didn't know what to expect, but I loved it. Like, not just 'liked,' but really loved it! I can't wait to have it again.

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Yes, I know the french fries are more American, but I still got to try a lot of Polish foods (including kapusta, the mushroom stew, and kielbasa).

The Polish-American Festival was nothing like I expected! Honestly, I learned a lot while talking to some of the good people putting on this event, and had a lot of fun. It was a great weekend in the Utica area!