Crowning Saskatoon's King of Kovbasa: Smokehaus Meats & Deli

The goal of Saskatoon's annual King of Kovbasa is twofold — crown the winner of the tastiest sausage in the province and raise money for an important local charity.

Saskatoon sausage competition raising money for SPCA

King of Kovbasa event-goers have the chance to sample sausages from 12 sausage makers from across the province. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

The goal of Saskatoon's annual King of Kovbasa on Thursday was twofold — crown the winner of the tastiest sausage in the province and raise money for a local charity.

And on Friday morning, the result is official: the winner is Smokehaus Meats & Deli in Martensville.

Event-goers have the chance to sample sausages from 12 makers — including last year's winner, Boryski's Butcher Block — and then vote to crown 2016's King of Kovbasa. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

The 15th annual event, hosted by the Ukrainian Canadian Business and Professional Association (UCPBA) and New Community Credit Union, is donating the proceeds to the Saskatoon SPCA. The event, which pits Saskatchewan sausage makers against each other, supports a different charity each year. 

A close-up of one the 12 types of sausages entered into the King of Kovbasa in Saskatoon. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

Event-goers have the chance to sample sausages from 12 makers — including 2015's winner, Boryski's Butcher Block in Saskatoon — and vote to crown 2016's King of Kovbasa. The sausage is judged on its appearance, texture and flavour. 

"The people here take it very, very seriously," said Fred Ozirney, UCPBA president.

He said what makes a great sausage depends on personal tastes. 

"Some like the way it looks. Some like the way it feels in their mouth and the texture, and some people like the ones with a lot of garlic." 

Saskatchewan sausage makers are vying for the King of Kovbasa trophy. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

However, the King of Kovbasa is not only about sausage — the event, that took place at Prairieland Park, also includes performances by Yevshan Ukrainian Folk Ballet Ensemble and music by Matthew Gruza and friends.