Entering the tent to the sounds of funky Polish music, you see the counter, table tops, and walls covered in Polish patterns and pictures cover almost every surface and handcrafted fabric tulips sit in pretty glass jars on every table. Along the walls there is a wealth of information about Polish traditions, legends, and the Polish Scout and Guide Association (ZHP).
A queue has formed at the counter and IST wait patiently to try the selection of traditional Polish food for sale. Stefania from Romania tries the Zurek (sausage soup), something she has been wanting to try for a long time - “I’m so lucky I found it here!” - “get a bit of a taste of the local culture of Poland.” A group of Lebanese IST believe that the grilled cheese is “the best!!” As well as eating, they had looked at the history written on the walls, and even taken a selfie in the polaroid photo frame.
The Café staff are busy behind the scenes, cooking and serving. A quick chat with one of the team revealed that this was not only the opening night at Roverway 2018, but the first Polish food house at Roverway ever. Hubert, a member of the Cafée team said that this year is an important one for Poland - “we celebrate officially 100 years of regained independency for the country and also 100 years of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association.”