Sometimes in other languages you stumble across a word that doesn’t have a direct English translation. This is one of those fun words…
An opekačka is an event at which you cook over an open fire – a traditional and favorite event for Slovaks and Roma in the non-winter months. It’s not to be confused with a “grill-out” or “cookout” (they have a word for this, too – grilovačka).
Most Americans have cooked hot dogs and S’mores over a campfire, but most of us don’t do it nearly as often, and we don’t have our own dedicated word for it. You can cook a wide variety of things at an opekačka – meats, vegetables and some fruits. Families and groups of friends will often go for a hike or a long walk, carrying the materials with them to cook in this fashion.
Below is a picture of a new firepit recently installed in our back yard by some Roma stoneworkers from Rankovce. This was our first opekačka… but it certainly won’t be our last! We’ve already been introducing some of our Slovak and Roma friends to S’mores. Yum!