This is the first time the sausage-based party will be hosted at the Northcote foodie hub.
Organizer Linda Catalano says the event will show even regular visitor’s a different side of WTT.
“There’s a whole area out the back that people haven’t seen before. That’ll be the Grand Salumi Garage this year”, she says. "People are going to realise they don't know Welcome To Thornbury at all."
Count.Us.In. A preview tasting and opening night party are a couple more firsts for Salami Festa this year. Keen beans can sample competition entries before the official judging on Sunday 14 Oct.
The Saturday Opening Day will also feature bands and DJs on the main stage, free drinks (YAS) and canapés from judge and chef Dom Marzano (ex Grossi Florentino).
Don’t forget to look out for the plume of smoke released on Sunday, too. This won’t signal a new pope, it's the sign that the new salami making champion has been crowned. This guy will also be back for another appearance:
Linda says the entries are already flooding in, and last year's champs, Team Saddleback, will be back to take on the title once again. She says the whole point of Salami Festa is that anyone can take home the top prize.
"Don't be intimidated by the nonna teams," You don’t need Italian heritage to play. Anyone’s welcome."
Last year’s Festa had around 100 entrants, but Linda’s “Gut feel is this year’s field will be a bit smaller”. Nuthin’ wrong with that.
This year’s entrants are also more varied than ever. From your mate’s Nonna to Ballarat-based producers like Salt Kitchen Charcuterie, to the comp's first ever German salami representatives. It's gonna be one tasty weekend.
Looks like it’s time to break out the stretchy pants again—we’ll see you at the tasting tables.
Get in quick—our massive online charity auction runs out today.
Image credit: Helena La Petite