The residents of The Kolache Capital of Texas know that fruit, meat or cheese wrapped inside a bread roll makes a tasty Czech pastry, and that a dash of cultural pride mixed with a soupcon of sentimentality provide the perfect ingredients for a fun festival.
Since 1984, the citizens of Caldwell have honored their ancestry each second Saturday in September with a day of demonstrations, displays and diversions that revive the memory of the Czech forefathers who started a new life in the area. The festival’s more than 20,000 visitors can get an up close look at the threads that bind the town’s present to the people of its past at a quilt show, marvel at the artistry on display at egg decorating (kraslice) and stenciling demonstrations and be entertained by dancers who perform in two-four time to an array of polka tunes.
Foodies can please their palates with Czech cuisine, including the treat that the town is famous for, which is the star of the kolache-eating contest. Be sure to buy a few kolaches before your ride home– they will be a sweet reminder of your stay in Burleson County.
When: September 12, 2009
Where: On the square in downtown Caldwell.
For more information:
- visit www.burlesoncountytx.com
Photo courtesy Burleson County Chamber of Commerce