About the Competition
As first-time entrants in the Ontario Finest Meat Competition, Sikorski Sausages Co. Ltd entered nine categories, and we won six awards. Three of our six award-winning products received the highest score in their categories and were awarded Platinum: Wood Smoked Bacon, Swojska, and Grandpa Ham. Gold went to our Lachschinken and Montreal Smoked Beef, with a Silver award for our Hungarian Sausage. The judging criteria were flavour, aroma, texture, uniqueness and visual appearance, and the top three entries from each category were selected based on the judges’ combined scores.
The 2013 Ontario Finest Meat Competition, hosted by the Ontario Independent Meat Processors, attracted 145 entries from 16 Ontario processors. The winners for Platinum, Gold, and Silver were announced at a gala event held in Toronto, Ontario, on Saturday, October 26.
Brief history of the OIMP
In 1987, the Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP) launched its first meat competition with four categories, and a handful of entries competing for peer recognition and bragging rights. The competition moved from an annual to a biennial competition in 2003 and now, in 2013, it is the largest of its kind in Canada, with 13 categories that embrace both modern trends and the enduring heritage of Ontario’s artisanal meat and poultry products.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food, Kathleen Wynne, has sent her congratulations for the recognition we have received at the competition.