Victoria Shares Czech Heritage

When the Victoria Czechs say they are celebrating all things Czech, they mean it! From accordion music, to Tarok playing, polka, food, and history, you can find it all at the 33rd Annual Victoria Czech Heritage Festival on Sun., Sept. 22, at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

The festival, sponsored by the Victoria County Czech Heritage Society (VCCHS), has consistently drawn about a thousand people each year. The festival begins promptly at 9:30 am with five musical events held throughout the day. Victoria’s own Pat Veit will welcome everyone to the festival with his accordion. Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 will play from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, followed by the Ennis Czech Boys from 1:30-4 pm. ECB will then battle Mark Halata & Texavia before Texavia headlines from 4:30-7:30 pm. Additional entertainment can be found in the Community Center Annex with Los Kolaches from Shiner performing from 2-6 pm.


The festival organizers not only want you to enjoy all that’s Czech but learn the traditions as well. New this year will be a one-hour demonstration – Old School Kolaches - by Dawn Orsak. Texas Polka News is proud to sponsor this special attraction.

Always wanted to bake kolaches yourself? There is no better way to learn than to watch someone who already knows how. At this 1-hour demonstration, Dawn will teach attendees how to make kolach dough, fruit fillings, and posipka from scratch… from mixing up the dough, to forming the dough balls, to filling the kolaches.

Many things that are hard to describe in a written recipe make complete sense when you're watching someone. How should the dough feel? How much should the kolaches rise? How much filling should be used? You'll learn by watching and leave with the confidence (and recipes) to make them yourself.

Dawn learned to make kolaches from relatives, fantastic bakers in the Czech community, and trial and error. She owns Old School Kolaches in Austin, which makes kolaches from scratch just like your Texas Czech grandmother used to.


Joe Pustka of Victoria, one of the founding members of this festival, will be teaching how to play the Czech card game known as Tarok or Taroky in Annex 3, at 10:30 amnoon, and from 1-2:30 pm. Spaces are limited for all the lessons, so be sure to call 361-649-2243 by Sept. 20 to reserve your seat!

Back by popular demand is the State Czech Heritage Traveling Genealogy Library with loads of books and research files to trace your family history onsite.


The festival will serve its famous Czech Stew and Sausage lunch plate for $10 from 11 am-1 pm. Also enjoy Czech fruit-filled kolaches and klobasniky, or pig in a blanket, along with homemade chicken noodle soup throughout the day. Sausage wraps will be available after lunch.

Enjoy beers on tap – Shiner Bock, Shiner Light Blonde, and Coors. New this year will be two more taps – Shiner Octoberfest and Czech Beer Pilsner Urquell. If you prefer wine, you’ll love the imported Czech wine offerings.

Other activities include children games, KJT pastry wheel, KJT kolache-eating contest, arts and crafts, country store, live and silent auctions, raffle, face painting, and numerous exhibit booths.

Come join in the fun! There is something for everyone! And, you don't have to be Czech to attend!

Admission is only $8 per person for all four bands and activities, with youth under 15 years old always free.

For more information visit www. or victoriaczechsociety, or call

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