Sausage cel­e­bra­tion draws huge crowd

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Sam Gibbs

The in­au­gu­ral Har­vey Ital­ian Sausage Sa­gra was a big hit, with or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mat­ing 4000 peo­ple turned up to cel­e­brate Ital­ian cul­ture and his­tory.

Held on Novem­ber 9, the day fea­tured Ital­ian en­ter­tain­ment, sausage and pasta mak­ing demon­stra­tions and, of course, the Ital­ian sausage com­pe­ti­tion judged by celebrity butcher Vince Gar­reffa.

Grant Pronk took home the ti­tle for best mild sausage and Tony Figliomenowas crowned win­ner of the hot cat­e­gory and the over­all sausage cham­pion.

Har­vey Ital­ian Sausage Sa­gra com­mit­tee mem­ber David Mar­shall said the group was blown away by the crowds and the re­sponse.

“We were hop­ing for hun­dreds, maybe thou­sands,” Mr Mar­shall said.

“There were masses of peo­ple for the size we set this up for.

“We were ab­so­lutely over­whelmed and de­lighted by the re­sponse and out­come.”

Mr Mar­shall said the po­ten­tial was there for an­other event but did not want to jump the gun.

“The gen­eral chin­wag is that there is the po­ten­tial for an­other one, pos­si­bly an an­nual event,” Mr Mar­shall said.“We still need to have a com­mit­tee re­view but the po­ten­tial is there to do it again in a few years.”

Mr Mar­shall said the en­ter­tain­ment in the func­tion room at­tracted con­sis­tently big crowds and most stall­hold­ers soon found them­selves out of stock.

The event was a joint ef­fort be­tween Har­vey Com­mu­nity Ra­dio, Har­vey Recre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre and the Har­vey Ital­ian club.

“It was a great out­come to have lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to­gether for the good of the com­mu­nity — it’s not some­thing any of us could have pulled off alone,” Mr Mar­shall said.

Celebrity butcher and sausage com­pe­ti­tion judge Vince Gar­reffa, win­ner of the mild sausage cat­e­gory Grant Pronk, and judges Pete Gian­francesco and Tony Pin­zone.

Crowds flock to the first Har­vey Ital­ian Sausage Sa­gra, with or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mat­ing crowd num­bers at 4000.

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