For centuries, one question has plagued the people of the Mediterranean; it’s a question that, for generations, has pitted countrymen against countrymen and sparked spirited debate across dinner tables, over neighbourhood fences and in sun-drenched piazzas. It’s a question that has followed the Italian community Down Under… Just who makes the best salami?
In a pitch battle reminiscent of the height of the Roman empire, Dal Zotto Wines and The Meat Room hosted the ultimate contest of salami styles to decide this year’s winner – which region is worthy of the title Il Salame Perfetto (The Perfect Salami). Will it be The North or The South?
Over 250 salami lovers joined us on Saturday Oct 5th for a day of salami goodness at Dal Zotto. MC’d by the wonderful Hilary McNevin, the day started with salami discussion and making demonstrations from James Mele along with a welcome glass or two of Dal Zotto Prosecco. Christian Dal Zotto welcomed everybody to the home of Prosecco in Australia with Dal Zotto now in its 20th year of growing and producing this wonderful drop.
Otto Dal Zotto played his part, rising early to light the spit roast and slow cook the porchetta to perfection….the centrepiece of a delicious lunch.
And then the announcements began…the winning entries of the 2019 Victorian Salami Festival.
The overall winner was a Northern style salami, from Travis Sheridan of The Brotherhood Salami. A whopping 18 points out of 20. The judges said ‘Great fennel flavour, pepper coming through…great salami…very moreish, cured perfectly’
Next best was a Southern style salami from Kane Sacco with 16.5 points out of 20. ‘Great aroma and colour, very good taste, texturally a touch dry but overall a very well balanced salami’
Equal third overall and the top Bastardo salami was Andrew Gravett with his Hungarian style salami. 16 points out of 20. ‘Great salami, surprised the judges, good overall flavour, texture and aroma…’
Also equal third was another Northern salami from Franz and the Mahr Family with 16 points…’Very good salami, well balanced’
A brilliant day in the sunshine…prosecco, salami, porchetta, good friends and family…
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the day and in particular Hilary McNevin, James Mele from the Meat Room, the team from My Slice Of Life, Cleaver Salumi Cabinets and Ducky’s Butchery.
See you next year!
Full competition results can be downloaded here