Monday, June 12, 2006

Korinnya Kubasa Competition -- and the winner is...

The people have spoken, and the broom came out!

Calgary’s Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble is thrilled to announce PolcanMeats and Delicatessen of Calgary was named the winner in both categories of sausage at the second annual Korinnya Kubasa Competition. Polcan's CountryStyle Sausage was named the best garlic sausage, while its BBQ Sausage was named the best Specialty Sausage, a category where supplier could enter a product of their choice.

The votes were cast by the sold-out crowd of 300 that attended Korinnya's annual celebration of evening of Ukrainian music, culture and smoked meat.

"Everyone in Korinnya would like to congratulate Polcan for winning both ofthese categories in our annual competition," said Michael Monita, a member of Korinnya's Board of Directors. "The competition was intense, but in the end, the best sausage won. We would also like to thank all suppliers, as well as all other donors to the evening's raffle, for their generous contributions."

Monita added "Not only did this event showcase some of the best garlic sausage anywhere, but the wide array of local talent in the Ukrainiancommunity was featured throughout the night. The funds raised from this event will go towards Korinnya's upcoming projects and the purchase of new costumes."

Attendees were treated to performances by the Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble, Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, the Suzirya Ukrainian DanceTheatre, Absoultely Unplugged, all from Calgary. Those that stayed beyond the tasting danced to the unique Ukrainian sounds of the Kubasonics, all the way from Edmonton.

This unique event was hosted by Calgary’s Korinnya Ukrainian Folk Ensemble. Korinnya is a 20-member choral ensemble that has been entertaining Calgary’s Ukrainian community since 1993. Korinnya sings traditional folk music with the accompaniment of a four-piece orchestra. Over the past 13 years,Korinnya has released two CDs of its music, and has brought the colour and exuberance of Ukrainian culture to audiences across western Canada.

Competitors in the event included:

The Butcher Shoppe - Airdrie, AB
Calgary Meats and Deli – Calgary
Glengary Bison - Airdrie, AB
Polcan Meat Products and Delicatessen – Calgary
Prairie Meats – Saskatoon
Stawnichy’s Meat Processors – Mundare, AB

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