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Every town has their own quirky summer traditions, but only in NEPA will you find a town that dedicates an entire weekend to everyone’s favorite Polish treat – Kielbasa!
To some, it’s just another sausage. To anyone who has ever celebrated a holiday in NEPA, it’s a meaty ring of harmony and goodness that holds families together. But to residents of Plymouth, Kielbasa is cause for one of the biggest celebrations of the year.
Reinventing the small town
Every August for the last fifteen years, the good people of Plymouth, following the lead of Plymouth Alive, a non-profit Business Association, commemorate the spicy, garlicky sausage at the Plymouth Kielbasa Festival.
The festival attracts vendors from all over NEPA. Many offering a wide variety of ethnic and carnival-style food and handmade goods. The celebration continues for two days with games, live local music and a parade.
Local businesses put it all on the line
One event that draws the most attention is the famous kielbasa competition. Local butchers, delis and BBQ joints come from all over NEPA to present their very own versions of both fresh and smoked kielbasa to a panel of esteemed local judges. In the end, a winner is crowned in each category. And until next year’s festival, the winners hold the titles of local King or Queen of Kielbasa.
Come for the kielbasa, stay for the polka, leave with a smile
Just in case your taste buds weren’t already fired up for this, we’ve rounded up some of the festivals most notable competitors. Check them out and come try their incredible kielbasa and so much more this weekend, August 10-11, 2018, at the 15th Annual Plymouth Alive Kielbasa Festival.
Look for These Local Kings and Queens of Kielbasa at the Festival:
Bosak's Choice Meats
Often a winner at the Kielbasa Festival, this little butcher shop from Olyphant dishes out some of the tastiest kielbasa around.
This old school meat market isn’t one to shy away from a good fight. Every year, Komensky’s come out swinging with their mouthwatering kielbasa and they often finish in one of the top spots.
This Nanticoke butcher shop is a perennial local favorite. Their delicious fresh and smoked kielbasas have proven to be a judges darling of festivals past.
Uncle Buck's BBQ
Home court advantage for this favorite Plymouth eatery means they have to bring their A-game every year. And they do not disappoint. Uncle Buck’s always delivers crowd pleasing entries for the festival.
This little smokehouse from Hunlock Creek is looking to make a name for itself in the kielbasa world.
Tarnowski Brothers Kielbasa and Pizza
With a long history in the kielbasa game, this Nanticoke staple looks to devastate the competition. And if you can’t get any of their fried pizza at the festival, it’s well worth the visit to their store.
This diner serves up ethnic favorites alongside classic breakfast, lunch and dinner plates. They specialize in pierogi, potato pancakes and, of course, kielbasa.