ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH)– This is Good Friday, which means it is time for some great holiday food. Easter weekend can be one of the busiest times of the year for stores that specialize in meat and baked goods.
If you see a line of people outside of a store sometime Friday, that store probably sells some kind of kielbasa. At Europol in downtownAnsonia has about 20 different kinds of kielbasa, because it just wouldn’t be Easter without it.
Ansonia resident Bob Zmuda said there are certain tastes he just has to have this time of year, “Well, spring. Everything is fresh, new, new beginning.”
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Eropol also wants to keep the old traditions alive with babkas in all different shapes and sizes, and colored eggs. The idea is, Polish Americans around Ansonia don’t miss Poland at all.
“We keep it just as close as Poland does. We sit with family, we eat, we pray, and we have all this great kielbasa, very similar to what we have in Poland,” said Sandra Kraszewska, who works at Europol Deli and Gifts.
Maybe you remember the paczki eating contest in Ansonia that puts the fat in Fat Tuesday. As soon as those enormous donuts go away, the folks at Eddy’s Bake Shop start preparing for the next holiday.
“Oh absolutely, we go right into Easter right from that,” said Eddy’s owner Paul Ciocca.
They’ve got baked goods from a bunch of different cultures, and that keeps people coming back.
“I grew up with Eddy’s bakery. I drove an hour to get here,” said Judy Motell. She used to live in the Valley, but now lives in Goshen. Is that hour drive worth it? “Absolutely. Absolutely,” she said.
These are both family-owned businesses serving serving the community all year round, but when it comes to this time of year, as Lorraine Greski put it, it is “”Kind of like an Ansonia thing.”
Europol Deli and Gits is open until 8 p.m. Friday, then from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday.
Eddy’s Bake Shop is open until 5:30 Friday and from 5 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, workers at both stores will rest.