Bat­tle of the Ital­ian sausages served up

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

If your nonna passed down her se­cret recipe for sal­s­ic­cia, you could make her proud next month by win­ning the sausage com­pe­ti­tion at the in­au­gu­ral Har­vey Ital­ian Sausage Sa­gra.

The idea sprang from a de­sire to hold a back­yard bar­be­cue to cel­e­brate Har­vey Com­mu­nity Ra­dio’s Ital­ian lan­guage pro­gram, but quickly mor­phed into a com­mu­nity-wide event set to draw crowds from around the South West.

“It started as a cel­e­bra­tion of Mu­sica Viva’s 600th show,” one of the sa­gra or­gan­is­ers, David Mar­shall, said.

Ra­dio pre­sen­ter Ja­nine Quicke posted an in­vi­ta­tion on Face­book in June, when many fam­i­lies around the shire were mak­ing tra­di­tional sausages, and in­ter­est in the event went vi­ral.

“Ja­nine put it on Face­book and it just went nuts,” Mr Mar­shall said. “In­ter­est in the event went well into the thou­sands, but we can only sit 25 in the ra­dio sta­tion back­yard.”

A sug­ges­tion to hold the event at Har­vey’s Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre snow­balled and the Har­vey Ital­ian Club mem­bers were keen to be in­volved.

“And all of a sud­den, the Har­vey Ital­ian Sausage Sa­gra was born,” Mr Mar­shall said.

The main event at the sa­gra, or food fes­ti­val, will be the sausage com­pe­ti­tion set to be judged by an ex­pert panel in­clud­ing celebrity butcher Vince Gar­reffa, Ital­ian Club pres­i­dent Tony Pin­zone and Pete’s Chop Shop owner Peter Gian­francesco.

There will be cook­ing demon­stra­tions through­out the day such as pasta mak­ing, ge­lato and even sausage mak­ing for those hop­ing to en­ter next year’s com­pe­ti­tion, while bocce and colour­ing-in ta­bles will give a cul­tural spin on the chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

In­side the cen­tre will be a li­censed area for wine tast­ing from lo­cal winer­ies.

There will also be shut­tle bus tours to the in­tern­ment shrine as a way for vis­i­tors to re­flect on an­other as­pect of Har­vey’s Ital­ian his­tory.

For more de­tails, con­tact Har­vey Com­mu­nity Ra­dio, Har­vey Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre or the Har­vey Ital­ian Club.

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