Mareeba Salami & Sausages Festa


August 6, 2023

11:00 am

- 5:30 pm






Mareeba International Club, 10 Vaughan Street, Mareeba



This year, Welcome to the Mareeba International club for the second edition of the Salami and Sausage competition Festa, proudly sponsored by Borgo Salumi.

For one day only, on Sunday August 6, The Mareeba International Club will undergo a total Italian makeover to showcase the Mareeba Salami and Sausage competition Festa. Come join our big Italian Family in a fun filled day with lots of laughter, wine, and of course great food and company.

Sponsored by

Official Parter

Official Parter

Some of Australia best artisan salami and sausage makers will be contesting to take out the prestigious awards on offer. You will also get the opportunity to meet the families who are competing, and you never know – you may even learn some of their secrets. But there is more to this event than just the competition. It is also a celebration of family, friends, tradition and of course, food. This Festa will bring people from all different backgrounds together. There will be a beautiful homemade Italian lunch and desert to savour provided by the Mareeba International Club with LIVE Italian music as entertainment.

Be entertained by the fantastic duo Attori!!

Lots of amazing prizes on offer, buy your tickets now to win one of these amazing prizes to be drawn on the day of the festa!

Italian antipasto
Fusilli pasta (hand-made brand) with ragu
Italian meatballs in tomato sauce
Garlic infused green peas with tomato and onion
Golden rustic potatoes with Italian herbs
Mediterranean green salad
Selection of Italian sweets


  • Adults: $85
  • Children (13 – 16 years): $55
  • Children (5 – 12 years): $35
  • Prices don’t include booking fees




When in Rome do as the Romans do!

Come join Attori and celebrate everything that makes Italy/Australia so special!

With comedy and songs such as La Donna, Funiculi Funicular, Volare, Mambo Italiano, Il Mondo and many more.

Attori take you on a memorable journey through a culture that is… Italy.

Attori have been performing and making people laugh all around Australia and Asia for over 14yrs.

From the corporate world to festivals, they have been entertaining and celebrating what it means to be Italian/Australian.

With powerful voices and stories to make you laugh and singalong!!

The Mammas

Mareeba’s Comedy Tours Italian Mammas have been welcoming guests at MTG Theatre Restaurants productions for over 20 years.

The fictional characters played by local actors are led by mamma Angelina are modern day comedic characters who love everything Italian; they share their stories, hand gestures and love for food.

This year they will be making a special visit to the 2023 Cairns Italian Festa.

Now, let’s talk competition rules and prizes

Every winter in Australia in sheds, garages, and kitchens across almost every suburb and small towns you will find a family or group of friends toiling away carrying on ancient tradition of salami and sausage making. There is an undeniable art to making salami and sausages. This method of curing meat is one the oldest, pre-dating ancient Rome. It’s original Latin name Salumen, literally meant ‘combined salted meats. Interestingly, it is one of the few ‘cooking’ processes that remains predominately in the domain of the male. Maybe because of the very physical nature involved in some of the steps.

Historically, salami was popular throughout Southern, Eastern, and Central Europe. Today, many of us associate salami with Italian cuisine, as it arrived on our shores during the post-WWII era with the new Italian immigrants. Many salamis were, and are, still made to a traditional and often secret ‘family recipe’. In years gone by in Italy, one pig could feed an entire family. This could see them through the whole of winter as every part was used and nothing was thrown out. After this was all finished with, the families would get together to celebrate finishing their hard work and they would celebrate with music, dancing, wine and of course salami and sausages!

Now, celebrating the second Mareeba Salami and Sausage competition Festa, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring back this important cultural festivity. The Festa includes a day commemorating the ancient tradition of Salami and Sausage making showcasing the best artisan in the region. These festa would not be complete if there was not a competition to decide whose salami and sausage was the best tasting! So, for all you people who think yours is the best, now is your chance to enter this competition to prove your point with great prize money up for grabs for the winners. There will be a panel of 5 expert judges who will decide which is the best homemade salami and sausage in the festa. There will be several awards with our expert judging panel rating each entry out of 20 in the areas of Taste, Aroma, Density and Colour.


  1. Luigi Borgo
  2. Giovanni Palmieri
  3. Dave Cann
  4. Angelo Aurelio
  5. Max Pantachini