Vereniki and Sausage Fund Raiser
Tuesday, March 31
Location - Rosthern Mennonite Church
Time - 5:00-7:00pm
Admission by Donation
Come out for an evening of great food, fun and fellowship! The vereniki (pirogies) that are served at this event will have cottage cheese filling, or potato cheddar filling. We will have locally made farmer sausage and cole slaw. There will also be schmo-fat (cream gravy) and berry sauces to put on your vereniki.
The staff of the Youth Farm Bible Camp will be at the event to serve and connect with you. Videos of summer highlights, brochures and displays will give you a chance to see what the Youth Farm Bible Camp is all about. We have an exciting Summer Camp Program, an amazing Fall Corn Maze event, and a new equestrian program that includes an indoor riding arena.
The fund raiser is admission by donation.
This meal is a great tradition in the Rosthern community. The first one was held on March 19, 1993 and we have had the same fund raiser for the next 27 years! What is even more incredible is the fact that Margaret Janzen has made all the vereniki used for this supper!! We see this event as a way to communicate our mission and vision to our community and raise support for the ministry of the camp. We would for you to come out and join us for this Mennonite tradition.
Varenyky was a popular dish in Ukraine since before the 17th Century. Mennonites and Hutterites entered into Ukraine starting in 1789 after Catherine the Great of Russia invited Europeans to come and establish farms in New Russia in the 1760s. There were two large colonies of Russian Mennonites known as Chortitza (founded in 1789) and Molotschna (1803). Hutterites joined the Molotschna area in the early 1800s establishing Hutterthal, Johannesruh and Neuhutterthal. So Vereniki entered into the Mennonite and Hutterite kitchens from the culture they lived around. In the 1870s, Mennonites started moving to North America from Ukraine. In the 1890s, Mennonites settled in the Rosthern area. The 1920s brought a new wave of Russian Mennonites into Canada under the leadership of David Toews as they were fleeing the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. You can read more about Mennonites coming into Russia at The Third Way.
Farmer sausage has been eaten by Mennonites for as long as they have raised pigs, over 400 years! Farmer sausage is made with with ground pork, salt and pepper. It is then cold smoked at the right temperature and the right length of time. The mild, smoky sausage is well know wherever Mennonite communities are located (Sask Valley and Southern Manitoba are the best places to purchase the sausage). Vereniki and sausage have been together ever since the Russians/Ukrainians introduced the Vereniki to the Mennonites. Our farmer sausage is made at a local butcher shop.
The Youth Farm Bible Camp was started in 1941 by Mennonites who had come to the Rosthern area earlier in the century. You can find essays and videos about the history at the Youth Farm Bible Camp here!
Please come out to the Youth Farm Bible Camp's Vereniki and Sausage fund raiser for a great cultural experience!