Sausage celebration draws huge crowd
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.