Riverside Meats, a family-owned and operated meat processing firm in Corman Park near Warman, was crowned Lord of the (Sausage) Rings for the second year in a row at the third annual event in Osler on Thursday, November 9.
In addition to winning the “Best Overall” championship, Riverside Meats also walked away with the awards for “Best Appearance” and Best Texture.”
The annual competition is designed to showcase the area’s Mennonite Farmers Sausage producers. A total of eight firms competed in the blind taste test, in which about 150 guests vote for their favourites.
Ideal Meats of Neuhorst won the award for “Best Flavour”, while Smokehaus Meats of Martensville won the “VIP award” for the second year in a row. The VIP Award is based on the votes of a panel of media representatives and mayors of area communities.
Firms competing in the competition also included: Carmen Corner Meats of Waldheim, J&J Sausage of Warman, Pine View Farms of Corman Park near Osler, Smokey Joe’s Meat Shop of Rheinland and Valley Meats of Gruenthal. Continue reading “Riverside Meats repeats as Lord of the (Sausage) Rings winner”→
There’s a new champion when it comes to claiming the title for the best Mennonite Farmers Sausage in the Saskatchewan Valley region.
Riverside Meats of Warman captured three of five categories in the second annual ‘Lord of the (Sausage) Rings’ taste-testing competition in Osler on Thursday, November 3. The family-owned business won first place for Best Overall, Appearance and Taste.
The Lord of the (Sausage) Rings annual trophy is awarded for Best Overall.
Eldon Wiebe of Riverside Meats said they entered their regular fare in the competition.
“We didn’t come up with any special recipe specifically for this event,” said Wiebe. “This is the same sausage we sell over the counter every day to our customers. A lot of the people who come to our shop are local, but we get quite a few customers from communities that are further away.”
Another Warman family-owned firm, J&J Sausage, won the award for Texture.
Smokehaus Meats of Martensville, last year’s overall winner, won the “Media and Mayors’ Award” for getting top marks from a panel of area mayors and journalists.
The sold-out event organized by the Town of Osler highlights the large number of locally-owned and operated firms in the area that produce and sell traditional Mennonite sausage. It is also aimed at raising funds for recreational facilities in the community. This year, the funds are going toward installation of a concrete pad for the town’s outdoor rink, allowing it to be used year-round.
Over 250 people attended the sold-out event, held at the Osler Community Hall, to taste-test the wares of seven local family-owned specialty-meats operations. The competitors included: Riverside Meats, J&J Sausage, Smokehaus Meats, Carmen Corner Meats of Waldheim, Ideal Meats of Neuhorst, Pine View Farms of Osler, and Smokey Joe’s Meat Shop of Rheinland.
Blind samples of each sausage from the seven competitors were distributed, and each person in the crowd filled out a scorecard rating each sample. The votes were later tallied to determine winners in each category.
A ‘celebrity table’ included four mayors: Charlie Clark of Saskatoon, Sheryl Spence of Warman, Pat Wagner of Hague and Dennis Helmuth of Rosthern. A reporter from the Clark’s Crossing Gazette, two reporters from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and an announcer, Jason Lee, from CJWW Radio were also part of the celebrity table. Lee also did double-duty as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
A light-hearted “Jeopardy” style quiz show, moderated by former Osler Mayor Ben Buhler that pitted the media against the mayors resulted in a narrow, hard-fought and ultimately meaningless victory for the media.
Newly-acclaimed Osler Mayor Abe Quiring, who along with the rest of the town councillors and civic staff, were busy working the tables for most of the night, presented the awards to the winners. He also noted the contributions that retiring Mayor Ben Buhler has made to the community and the province during his 15 years of service. The praise was echoed by Clark, Spence, Wagner, and Helmuth.
Clark, the newly-elected Saskatoon Mayor, has a long-standing connection with the Buhler family. His wife of 14 years, Sarah, is the daughter of Jake and Louise Buhler of Osler. Jake is Ben’s brother.
Turning down the invitation to attend the event wasn’t an option for Clark.
“It wasn’t two minutes after I was elected that I got a barrage of text messages, e-mails, and phone calls from my in-laws to make sure I come here tonight,” said Clark. “But of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. Osler is a pretty special community.”
Pat Wagner will be back in the Mayor’s chair when the newly-elected Hague town council meets on Tuesday, November 8.
Wagner was re-elected to her fourth consecutive term as Mayor in the municipal election October 26. She received 172 votes, while challenger Neil Gossen garnered 95 votes.
Wagner will be joined at the decision-making table by four incumbent and two new town councillors. Newcomer Dane Friesen topped the polling for councillor with 178 votes, followed by incumbents Daryl Fehr with 176 votes, Brent Peacock at 158 votes, Alice Funk with 155 votes, John Thiessen with 135 votes, and newcomer Anthony Dueck at 129 votes.
The other candidates that were not elected included incumbent Jeanette Janzen with 127 votes and newcomer Darrel McCrea at 93 votes.
Wagner said she was pleased with the voter turnout, and is excited about the next four years.
“I want to thank the voters that did come out and cast ballots,” said Wagner. “I appreciate the support that people have shown.
“I actually feel a little nervous for the first time in a long time; but I think the community knows that I’m approachable, and if they have something on their mind they can talk to me or any member of council. Just give me a call.
“I definitely look forward to working with the new council and making good things happen for the betterment of our community over the next four years.”