River Festival

Riverfest food review: Scimeca’s Italian sausage

Scimeca’s Italian sausage is available for $6 at a vendor off of the main food court area.
Scimeca’s Italian sausage is available for $6 at a vendor off of the main food court area. The Wichita Eagle

Scimeca’s Italian sausage, $6

World’s Best Lemonade/Cappuccino Connections, Kennedy Plaza

By popular reader demand, I sampled Scimeca’s Italian sausage at a yellow-tarp-roofed booth on Kennedy Plaza.

A reader/fan of the booth told me it was called Cappuccino Connections, though one worker at the booth assured me it was called World’s Best Lemonade. Other booth workers really had no idea what it was called.

I suppose there is always an air of mystery that accompanies eating food from the Riverfest, after all.

Now, I’m not typically a fan of sausage, especially not at festivals – the idea just never appealed to me. I suppose there is this perception that you don’t know what’s actually in that sausage or where it came from.

This sausage, however, leaves no mystery.

Kansas City-based Scimeca’s has been making sausages since its founding by Frank Scimeca in 1935.

Kansas City publications have dubbed it Scimeca’s Famous Italian Sausage and have given it rave reviews, which reassured me a bit before diving in.

It did not disappoint.

The sausage comes on a long bun loaded down (perhaps a bit overzealously) with marinara sauce, and eaters have the option to add sauteed onions or peppers on top.

I added onions on mine, which added a much-needed crunch.

The sausage itself is about 8 inches long, which, combined with the bun and overflowing marinara, was enough.

It’s quite succulent and tastes like good, clean meat ought to.

Also of note, the stand is one of the few food court vendors that accepts cash and card payments in addition to the official festival food tickets.

It sits close to Century II just east of the main food court and faces Douglas Avenue.

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt