Victorian Salami Festival 2020 Update – 17.07.2020

With everything 2020 has thrown at us, the last thing we wanted to do was cancel this year’s competition. So, as they say in the classics, “The show must go on”. Albeit in a slightly different format to what we are used to.

In 2020 we will not be able to host our long lunch to celebrate with you all and crown our winners. We will, however, still be running the Salami Competition for 2020. So, for all those salami makers out there, the question will be asked – “Do you have what it takes to make Il Salame Perfetto?”

Is your salami the envy of your friends? The long raging debate will finally end this year, when we crown the winner of the 2020 Victorian Salami Competition. Mark this date in your diary – it will be significant.

Please follow the instructions outlined in our entry form below and be sure to follow Victorian Salami Festival on all socials. Tag us in your 2020 salami process so we can share the love with the rest of our Salami Army.

Victorian Salami Festival 2019


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

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