16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival

NationalCleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
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Azman Quality Meats Twin Win at Polka Hall of Fame Sausage Fest

At the 16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, Azman Quality Meats of Euclid, Ohio, earned the rare honor of winning both the Best of Fest Jury Award and the People’s Choice Award. Raddell’s Sausage Shop, from Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, scored runner-up in both categories. The event was hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.

More than 1,300 hungry music-lovers enjoyed eight hours of polka music and savory sausages. Fifty musicians and accordionists, including Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek, volunteered their services at the fund-raiser for the Polka Hall of Fame.

“This is the music and food I grew up with — and my Dad, too, and he’s ninety-one!” said Tom Scheid, a Willowick, Ohio, native, now working in Philadelphia. “That’s why we’re both here for this great event.”

Bill Azman, proprietor of Azman Quality Meat, is a third-generation sausage-maker. When his grandfather first opened a butcher shop 95 years ago, he used recipes he brought from Slovenia. As winner of the People’s Choice, Bill Azman’s prize sausages will be served at the Polka Hall of Fame’s three-day polka music festival, Thanksgiving weekend, November 28, 29 and 30, 2019, at Cleveland’s Downtown Marriott Hotel.

The Slovenian sausage is made with pork, often accented with garlic, and then cured and smoked. Nearly 2,000 sausages were purchased at the event. Jury members included Hon. Alenka Jerak, Consul General from Slovenia, and Miss SNPJ 2020 Daniella Volpe, representing the Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ).

The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame celebrates the style of American dance music that emerged from the city’s neighborhoods and became a national sensation with America’s Polka King Frank Yankovic in the decades after World War II. The museum is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the city’s historic former city hall. For more information, check the website at www.polkafame.com or call (216) 621- FAME.

 

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Over 1,300 people attended the 16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival

SF1Ruth Poropat and Frank Valencic dancing to one of the many volunteer festival bands.

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Great weather, great music, great crowd.

 

SF4I bet this classic 1956 Dodge Sierra has taken many trips to the farm. Do you remember 3 on the tree?

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