Summer may be winding down, but things are just getting started on Erie's east side and in North East.
This weekend, both the Zabawa Polish Festival and the North East Rib Fest are celebrating 20 years. Both these events are big fundraisers for Holy Trinity Church and Fuller Hose Fire Company. Neither could be so successful without the community's support.
"Erie has a lot to offer," said Chuck Ferrugga, Chair of the North East Rib Fest. "The surrounding communities, everyone travels locally which is good because you need that local support."
If you ask people at Zabawa, they'll tell you why the past 20 years have so successful for them.
"I have to believe it's the fabulous music, authentic food," said Theresa Ignaczak, Co-Chair of Zabawa. "People love returning, sharing our heritage, coming for the first time sampling new food or returning to enjoy the festival."
For the Rib Fest, Ferrugga said it's all about making it bigger and better each year. Like this year, there's some new ribbers, like the guys from Smoke Shack BBQ.
"We have the best ribs in the USA," said Pete Marshall of Smoke Shack BBQ. "You're going to be missing out. It's our first year but it won't be our last."
They'll be some returning favorites, too. It's all, something you won't want to miss.
"Our sauce is really good," said Chuck Smith of Smoke Shack BBQ. "Sixteen ingredients, made from scratch."
"It's hard to be here for the setup while they're smoking because all you're doing is smelling it and can't wait until you can get some," said Ferrugga.
From perogies and potato pancakes to ribs and brisket, the food you'll find at the festivals in Erie County this weekend, is enough to make your mouth water.