For the second year, the cities of Sandwich and Plano will celebrate National Bologna Day.
And this year Sandwich will host the event, according to Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson. Last year’s event was hosted by Plano Mayor Bob Hausler in Plano.
Olson said the event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the vacant lot next to A&B Exteriors at 3775 Drew Ave., Sandwich.
Olson said the celebration is based on a long-standing joke between the towns of Plano and Sandwich concerning the fictional town of Bologna located between the two, creating “Plano-Bologna-Sandwich.”
Everything is the same as last year, except the location, Olson said.
“Celebrating the historically fake town with fried bologna sandwiches was the idea of the owner of Wurst Kitchen, Ed Schleining. Schleining and Karl Rud, a retired butcher from Sandwich, served as the co-mayors of Bologna.
“In exchange for cash or food donations, guests can enjoy a fried bologna sandwich from Wurst Kitchen featuring onions, relish and mustard on a soft hamburger bun – deemed the official bologna sandwich of Bologna, Illinois.
“Donations will go toward the food pantries that support the Plano and Sandwich communities,” Olson said.
He praised the relationship between Plano and Sandwich, saying, “It’s a great relationship. We do a lot of things together from a municipal standpoint. It’s one of those relationships that is automatic because we are so close.”
Oct. 24 has been celebrated for some time as National Bologna Day. This food-related holiday is dedicated to bologna sausage, which is quite popular in the United States and Canada.
Bologna sausage (sometimes also spelled as baloney, boloney or polony) is a kind of sausage derived from the Italian mortadella Bologna. It is a finely ground pork sausage that contains lard. According to the U.S. Government regulations, American bologna must not contain visible pieces of lard.
Bologna can alternatively be made of beef, turkey, chicken, lamb, venison or soy protein. It is typically seasoned with black pepper, coriander, allspice, nutmeg, celery seed. Bologna has a distinctive flavor provided by myrtle berries. The bologna sandwich is made from pre-sliced bologna and white bread. It also contains various condiments and garnishes, such as mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, cheese slices, tomatoes, pickles and onions.