TGT Mareeba Salami and Sausage Competition Festa


August 7, 2022

10:30 am

- 5:00 pm






Mareeba International Club



Be entertained by the fantastic duo of buoni amici all the way from Brisbane

This year, Welcome to the Mareeba International club for the very first Salami and Sausage Competition Festa a new and exciting event for the region proudly sponsored by TGT Mareeba.

For one day only, on Sunday August 7, The Mareeba International Club will undergo a total Italian makeover to showcase the Mareeba TGT 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.

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 dessert to savour provided by the Mareeba International Club with LIVE Italian music as entertainment.

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:

  1. Cleaver Salami fridge cabinets are the world’s finest domestic salami curing cabinet (The Piglet)
    $1500 prize value. Sponsored by:
  2. Professional salami crimper machine
    $450 prize value. Sponsored by:
  3. Cryocav salami bags
    5 prizes 100 bags per prize. Sponsored by:

All cash prizes and trophies to the individual and overall winners kindly donated by Borgo Salumi. A special mention to Borgo Salumi for also providing the antipasto for the event.


  • Adult: $57.95
  • Child (12 – 16 years): $37.18
  • Child (5 – 11 years): $21.60
  • Infants (0 – 4 years): FREE



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.

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.


Joe Avati
Giovanni Palmieri
Dave Cann
Serg Battistin
Angelo Aurelio

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, that we have the first Mareeba TGT Salami and Sausage competition Festa, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring back this important celebration. The Festa includes a day celebrating 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!