for Contestants: PACT to host Kielbasa Cook-Off Feb. 24
TOLEDO: The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) is
looking for contestants for 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., Toledo.
The Kielbasa Cook-Off features homemade kielbasa from old family
recipes and allows the public 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.
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
“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 chair and PACT board member.
There will be plenty of beer, sweet & sour cabbage, coffee cake,
and Polish delicacies to go along with the kielbasa. Admission
is $5 per person and $3 for PACT members. Money raised by the
Kielbasa Cook-Off will go to fund PACT’s Capital Campaign to
help fund the development of a Polish Cultural Center in
the Toledo area.
PACT would like to hear from interested contestants no later
than January 26, 2019. Amateur kielbasa makers who are interested in participating can
contact Tom Pruss at 419-320-2396 or PACT board member,
Rozanne Swemba Nitschke at 419-944-5312, or email PACT at