Thornbury hosts Melbourne’s First Salami Festival

August 17, 2012 by  

The northern suburb of Thornbury will host the Melbourne Salami Festa next month. The first event of its kind, the festival has the potential to attract food connoisseurs from far and wide.

The Salami Board organisers hope the Festa will bring the city’s Italian community together while sharing their culture with other Australians. No doubt the poster printing is already underway so lovers of Italian food should look out for more information over the coming weeks.

Salami has been made in Italy for centuries. In the past one pig could be expected to feed an entire family throughout the winter. No part of the animal was wasted. Italians in Melbourne continue this tradition by coming together every year in suburban garages to make salami, preserving family recipes and family ties. When the work is complete, the family celebrates with music, dance, wine and plenty of food. It is this final ritual that the Melbourne Salami Festa aims to replicate on a grander scale.

There will be a competition to decide who makes the best salami in Melbourne. Entry forms are available from up until 2 September. In addition to the judging by experts, there will be a People’s Choice Award; every visitor to the festival will be eligible to cast a vote.

There will be lots of other entertainments too: salami-making demonstrations, tastings and the opportunity to share secrets, wine, live music and a great variety of homemade Italian cooking.

The festival will be held on Sunday, 16 September between 12 noon and 4:00 pm at Florinian House in the centre of Thornbury.