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
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.