WHIPPANY, N.J. – Weather conditions could not have been better on September 22 for the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey’s (UACCNJ) ninth annual Ukrainian festival. An abundance of delicious food, bountiful shopping in the vendor court and two stage shows featuring top-notch entertainment kept the hundreds of visitors fully occupied.
Varenyky, borshch, holubtsi, shashlyk and numerous other tasty foods were sold at outdoor food tents and kiosks, while the indoor bakery café had a steady flow of customers. The social club offered a special “Borshch Cocktail” and plenty of cold beer, Ukrainian and domestic, with accordion music at the outdoor beer garden.
In the photos, clockwise from top: Iskra Ensemble in “Pryvit;” violinist Innesa Tymochko Dekajlo; Iskra Academy dancers in “Tambourines;” young dancers from Kalyna in “Kozatska Slava;” Ukrainian National Women’s League of America members in the bakery; co-MCs Alexandra Zawadiwsky (left) and Anya Tomko; dancers from Kalyna in “Pid Bilymy Vitrylamy;” vocalist Veronica Nalywayko.