The Fourth Annual Kielbasa Cook-Off hosted by The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) raised an estimated $5,000 for PACT’s Capital Campaign to develop a Polish-American Community Center in the Toledo area.  At the same time, PACT also announced the start of  its on-line efforts — Indiegogo.com — to raise money for the  project.

 

Seven teams competed this year. Shawn Zaborski and his team of Polish Village Kielbasa, won the Kielbasa Cook-Off for the third year in a row.  They earned the title “Kielbasa King” a trophy, and a check for $300.   Second place went to Jeremy Pryba and his team Polska Pryba Kielbasa.  Mr. Pryba earned a check for $150 which he donated back to PACT and the capital campaign.  The third place finisher was Mike Hofner and his team of Dziadzia and Busia’s Old Fashion Recipe.  They earned $100 for their efforts.  Over 500 people attended the event held Saturday, October 4 at the St. Clement’s Community Center.

Polish Village Kielbasa and Polska Pryba tied for first in the celebrity cook off.  Tom Waniewski, Toledo city councilman, was the judge this year.


Wilgilia Tradition

When the first star, known as the Gwiazdka, appears in the eastern sky, the Christmas tree is lit and that is when the feast to commemorate the birth of the Christ Child begins.