SYLVANIA (WTOL) - A rich and tasty tradition came to life on Sunday night when the Polish-American Community of Toledo and the Toledo Poznan Alliance put on the annual Wigilia Dinner.

The early Polish Christmas Eve dinner, which took place in Olivet Lutheran Church, is a fundraiser for the Polish-American Community of Toledo and the Toledo Poznan Alliance.

Wigilia is considered the highest point of the Polish year, even more important than Christmas.

“It’s important to keep up our Polish tradition. Good time. Great food,” said Tom Haydock.

Like dill pickle soup, salmon, cucumber salad, pierogi and pastries.

“It’s a meatless meal. Reason for that is it’s the last day of the fasting season. So come Christmas day you can pig out on anything,” said dinner organizer Stan Machoski.

This has become a sell-out event.

One hundred seventy people came this year, considered a way to pass Polish tradition down from one generation to another.

“I think because the younger people are going to forget a lot if we don’t have this kind of event, so they can see what happened in the past and keep tradition going,” said Barb Haydock.

And most importantly, it’s a tradition for Poles that celebrates the Lord’s coming.