Polish eggs distributed at coffee shops to spread Easter cheer

(From left) Poland's Ambassador to Singapore Magdalena Bogdziewicz, Sembawang GRC MP Lim Wee Kiak and Canberra Citizens Consultative Committee chairman Norman Aw distributing Polish eggs at a coffee shop in Sembawang Drive yesterday, ahead of Easter
(From left) Poland's Ambassador to Singapore Magdalena Bogdziewicz, Sembawang GRC MP Lim Wee Kiak and Canberra Citizens Consultative Committee chairman Norman Aw distributing Polish eggs at a coffee shop in Sembawang Drive yesterday, ahead of Easter Sunday. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Eggs, a symbol of renewal and vitality, are inseparable from Easter celebrations around the world, and used as ingredients in dishes or as part of traditions linked to the Christian festival.

Ahead of Easter Sunday, eggs from Poland were distributed to stall operators at five coffee shops in Canberra yesterday.

The donation is a token of solidarity and a gesture of support for the food and beverage industry, said Poland's Ambassador to Singapore Magdalena Bogdziewicz.

"Sharing the egg wedges at the Easter table with loved ones is an old Polish tradition, a sign of best wishes of strength and hope," she explained.

"There is no better occasion and no better way for me to say 'thank you' to local businesses that cater to Polish citizens living in Singapore."

Easter celebrations in Poland often involve the painting of hard-boiled eggs, which are called pisanki. Traditionally, eggs were boiled in onion skins so they would be dyed red.

Yesterday's donation drive was conducted by Ms Bogdziewicz and Sembawang GRC MP Lim Wee Kiak, who is also chairman of the Singapore-Poland Parliamentary Friendship Group.

It is part of a larger effort by the Embassy of Poland and Canberra grassroots organisations to donate over 10,000 fresh Polish eggs to residents and small businesses in Singapore. Over 9,000 eggs have been given out so far.

The move is supported by Polish egg producer Fermy Wozniak and local egg importer and distributor Dasoon.

Dr Lim noted that eggs from Poland have become an example of Singapore's successful endeavours to diversify its food sources.

Singapore's first imports of eggs from Poland arrived on June 5 last year, amid global supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Other exports from Poland to Singapore include frozen vegetables, dairy products, baking goods and fish.

"I believe this timely gesture, responding to the needs of the residents, will positively affect the local constituency and, at the same time, underscore the value of cooperation with Poland," said Dr Lim.

"I am confident that we are able to keep that momentum in our bilateral ties going."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 04, 2021, with the headline 'Polish eggs distributed at coffee shops to spread Easter cheer'. Subscribe