Ital­ian sausage fest wins an­nual out­ing

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Or­gan­is­ers have con­firmed the Har­vey Ital­ian Sausage Sa­gra will be­come an an­nual event, claim­ing this year’s Sa­gra will be “big­ger and bet­ter” with “def­i­nitely more sausage”.

“We had much higher num­bers than ex­pected,” Har­vey Ra­dio sec­re­tary Ja­nine Quicke said.

“It’s a strong in­di­ca­tion that it’s some­thing the com­mu­nity wants.”

What be­gan as an idea for a back­yard bar­be­cue quickly grew into a fes­ti­val to cel­e­brate all things Ital­ian in Har­vey, cul­mi­nat­ing in an Ital­ian sausage­mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers ex­pected about 300400 peo­ple to at­tend the Novem­ber 10 event but were blown away when crowds of more than 3000 peo­ple packed into the Har­vey Recre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre grounds, leav­ing food stall­hold­ers scram­bling to re­stock in or­der to keep up with the de­mand.

The huge com­mu­nity re­sponse prompted the event or­gan­is­ers from Har­vey Ra­dio, the Har­vey Ital­ian Club and the Har­vey Recre­ational and Cul­tural Cen­tre to make the Sa­gra an an­nual event.

Ms Quicke said the com­mit­tee had dis­cussed ways to im­prove the up­com­ing Sa­gra, hint­ing at plans to al­low peo­ple out­side of the Har­vey shire to en­ter the sausage mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

“We had so much in­ter­est from out­side the des­ig­nated area we are go­ing to open it up to a big­ger area next time,” she said.

There are also plans to ramp up the en­ter­tain­ment and add other iconic Ital­ian fea­tures to the mix.

“Hope­fully next year will in­clude an Ital­ian car dis­play,” Ms Quicke said. “And we’ve had a lot of in­ter­est from stall­hold­ers from all over. Ev­ery­body loves Ital­ian food.”

Ms Quicke said the big­gest suc­cess was the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups.

“I re­ally agree with that,” Ital­ian Club pres­i­dent Tony Pin­zone said.

“Ev­ery­one re­ally came to­gether.”

Har­vey Recre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre man­ager David Mar­shall said the level of in­ter­est meant there was the op­tion of cre­at­ing a much big­ger prof­it­mak­ing event, but the com­mit­tee pre­ferred to main­tain the au­then­tic­ity of the event.

“The temp­ta­tion is there to do that, but it’s about keep­ing that gen­uine Ital­ian cul­ture,” he said. “It’s about telling Har­vey’s story.”

Recre­ation cen­tre’s func­tion co-or­di­na­tor Con­nie Baggetta said a good but un­in­tended off­shoot was the num­ber of fam­ily re­unions that took place on the day.

“Peo­ple came down from Perth and caught up with fam­ily and friends,” Mrs Baggetta said.

“There were peo­ple I saw I hadn’t caught up with since I was a teenager.”

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