On the second Saturday in September, Caldwell devotes itself to a Czech staple that has become a Texas favorite with the annual Kolache Festival.
This year marks the 33rd annual festival, held Sept. 9 in downtown Caldwell on the square. Through its celebration of the Kolache, Caldwell has become the “Kolache Capital of Texas.”
The fun really begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with an opening prayer and ceremony with the parade of costumes beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the Original Kolache Festival Band.
The entire day is a celebration of the area’s Czech heritage and how it found a place to thrive in Texas.
In a history of the festival, it explains, the Kolache Festival is a celebration of the revitalization of Czech heritage, noting how Burleson County grew out of Czech settlements and the festival seeks to preserve the culture, language and heart of those early settlers.
The Kolache Festival celebrates so much more than just pastries, it also honors traditional Czech artisan traditions including stenciling, basket weaving, quilting, woodcraft, carving, sculpting and more. It also features traditional dancing and music, the Polka and of course the food, beyond the pastries but to the meats and flavors brought from Central Europe to the vast expanses of Texas.
Special events and history exhibits held during the festival include the State of Texas Kolache Bake Show; The Kolache Bake Shoppe, The Kraitchar House Museum, Burleson County Czech Heritage Museum; U.S. Texas Czech Flag Ceremony; “Kde Domov Muj” Czech National Anthem; Czechoslovakian Lead Crystal, China and Porcelains; Creative Memories Guild Quilt Show; Street Rod and Classic Car Show; Czech Adventure Land; Antique Machinery and Tractor Show; and of course everybody’s favorite, the Kolache Eating Contest.
The car show is scheduled to be held at Davidson Creek Park; and the quilt show at the Caldwell Civic & Visitors Center.
The Kolache Bake Shoppe, features a full block of Kolache vendors along Buck Street in downtown Caldwell.
Live music is scheduled throughout the day on Saturday including some well-known Polka bands.
To learn more about all the events happening at the 33rd Annual Kolache Festival, visit the Burleson County Chamber of Commerce website at BurlesonCountyTX.com/kolachefestival.