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Kielbasa Cook-Off

The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced that the organization is looking for contestants for the Kielbasa Cook-Off, which will make its return on Sat., April 13, 2013 from 1 – 6 p.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Hall on Bellevue Rd., off Sylvania Ave. in Toledo.

The Kielbasa Cook-off, which was last held in October 2011, 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 “Toledo’s Kielbasa King” or “Queen”. In 2011, over 1,000 people attended as twelve contestants battled for the bragging rights. The team of “Polish Village Kielbasa” received the most votes and was crowned Toledo Kielbasa King.

In addition to earning the distinction of having the best home-made 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”.

“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. We do not open this friendly competition up to commercial establishments. We want to taste that secret family recipe for kielbasa, said Jack Sparagowski, Chairman, PACT.

PACT would like to hear from interested contestants no later than March 30, 2013.

In addition to kielbasa, there will be plenty of beer, sweet & sour cabbage, coffee cake and other Polish delicacies to go along with the kielbasa. Admission is $5 per person and $3 for PACT members. Music will be provided by the classical Billy P.

Money raised by the Kielbasa Cook-Off will go to fund PACT’s scholarship fund and other charitable donations, as well as fund the eventual development of a Polish Cultural Center.
Amateur kielbasa makers who are interested in participating can contact PACT Board Member, Betty Osenbaugh at 419-691-5058 or 419-508-1273, or email PACT at or

Event date:

Saturday April 13, 2013


1:00pm - 6:00pm


Blessed Sacrament Hall
Bellevue Rd.
Toledo, OH 43613
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Contact name:

Betty Osenbaugh at 419-691-5058 or 419-508-1273

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