A Potato Pancake Monument – That’s What You Need In A Financial Crisis!!

September 20, 2009

A monument to potato pancake has been opened in Korosten, Zhytomyr region during II World Festival of Potato Pancakes (deruny), Ukrainian News has learned from the press service of Zhytomyr city hall.

The monument is a basketful of potato pancakes erected on a pedestal of grey and red granite mined in the district of Korosten. As to Volodymyr Vyhovskyi, the first deputy mayor of Korosten, an artist from Korosten Volodymyr Kozyrenko created the monument.

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Lytvyn, attended the feast to conduct the opening ceremony of the monument. The city hall press service says that they started raising funds from the residents of Korosten for building the monument as far back as last year.

Prime cost of the monument makes UAH 30,000, of them UAH 25,000 costs the monument itself and UAH 5,000 beautification.

They did not spend budget funds on the monument installation. More than 100 original recipes of potato pancakes were presented at the festival, during which the monument was opened. Delegations from Russia, Poland and many regions of Ukraine took part in the feast.


As Ukrainian News earlier reported, they baked a 118-kilogram potato pancake at first festival of potato pancakes in Korosten on September 27, 2008. It took them 100 kilograms of potatoes to cook this pancake. Having prepared the dish at a special recipe, they cut it into small pieces and handed to the guests for tasting. More than 5,000 people came to the festival last year.

Wonderful article from the Ukrainian News site – I don’t know which is funnier, the good use of funds in a country $16 billion and more in debt, or the fact that Vlodomyr Lytvyn turned out for yet another free lunch. 

Now I know why I love this country!!

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