World Cepelinas Day will leave Lithuanians around the world with full stomachs

February 7th is World Cepelinas Day, and Lithuanian communities around the world will celebrate by preparing heaping helpings of this delicious and hearty Lithuanian dish.
© Shutterstock

The cepelinas is a traditional Lithuanian dish that consists of boiled grated potatoes stuffed with (usually) meat. They are often served with sour cream mixed with fried bacon bits, onions, dill or butter. Cepelinai are also often made with mushroom or cheese stuffing.

The cepelinas holiday was reportedly invented by the Lithuanian-American community. Across the US, the Superbowl, the game that will decide that year's American football champions, draws people together for large annual viewing parties. For one such party, Juozas Vaičiūnas, member of the Lithuanian-American community in Detroit, noticed that cepelinai would be the perfect food, given their similarity to footballs. Since then, the holiday, which has gone international, has coincided with the Superbowl, which is usually held on the first Sunday in February.

The holiday is an opportunity for culinary feats of wonder, like for the Lithuanian club in Cleveland. For this year's World Cepelinas Day, the chef at Gintaras Restaurant in Cleveland promises to make six different kinds of cepelinai stuffed with pork, farmer's cheese, mushrooms, a beef, onion and bacon stuffing, salmon, and cepelinai with corned beef, sauerkraut and cheese modeled on the popular Reuben sandwich.

Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Global LT

President launches Choose Lithuania initiative

President Dalia Grybauskaitė, jointly with Jurgis Didziulis' ToBeLT project, on Tuesday launched an initiative called Choose Lithuania.

PM pledges greater govt support for Lithuanians in Poland

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis promised that the Lithuanian government would provide greater support for ethnic Lithuanians living in Poland and other neighboring countries as he visited Punsk, a town in northeastern Poland, on Tuesday.

Poland's Lithuanians to tell PM Skvernelis about their concerns over education situation (1)

Members of the Lithuanian national minority living in Poland expect to voice their concerns to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis over the education situation, such as a lack of Lithuanian-language textbooks in local schools and proposals that may restrict Lithuanian history and geography classes and support from Lithuania.

Litvak culture, art center being established in Vilnius

A cultural and arts center of Litvaks, Jews of Lithuanian origin, is being established in Vilnius for 5 million euros in European money earmarked by the Ministry of Culture.

PM going to Punsk for Assumption Day

Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is going to the Polish city of Punsk next week to celebrate the Assumption Day with the local Lithuanian community.