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Teams announced for PACT’s Kielbasa Cook-Off, Feb. 24  

TOLEDO: The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced that nine teams are set to compete at the 2019 Kielbasa Cook-Off to be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, from 1 – 6 p.m., at the St. Clement’s Community Center, 2990 Tremainsville Rd.


The teams include: Norm Symkowiak, Busia's Old Fashion Kielbasa; Dan Evanski, Ski's Sausage; Dave Krueger, Zbilski Kielbasa; Phil Majewski, Team Kazlo; George Wolfer, Lenny & Spud's Fresh Kielbasa; Rob Zielinski,  Z Best Kielbasa; Mike Hofner/Ron Smith, Dziadzia & Busia's Old Fashion Kielbasa; Diane Pilaczynski, Oink K. Basa; and Doug Wyraz, Chet's Best Kielbasa.


The Kielbasa Cook-Off features homemade kielbasa from old family recipes.  The event, opened to the public, allows people to sample the special kielbasa recipes and vote for their favorite.   Amateur kielbasa makers from all over the area compete for the title of Kielbasa “King” or “Queen.”   The event was last held in 2017 and nearly 700 people attended as ten teams battled for the bragging rights.   The teams of Polska Pryba and Zbilski Kielbasa tied for First Place and were crowned Kielbasa Kings.


In addition to earning the distinction of having the best homemade kielbasa in the area, contestants can also receive cash awards and / or trophies for their efforts.  The competition is open to anyone that makes their own kielbasa. Commercial entries will not be part of the cook-off.


City of Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will lead a host of celebrity judges that will include WSPD'S Fred LeFebvre, Don Zellers, and Jerry Pickering, as well as Ken Leslie from the veteran’s advocacy group 1Matters.


“People in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are so proud of their ethnic heritage.  Most families have those special homemade recipes that have been passed down from generation-to-generation.   PACT is looking for best homemade kielbasa recipe.   This is a friendly competition.  We want to taste that secret family recipe for kielbasa,” said Tom Pruss, event chairman and PACT board member.




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