MICHAEL Gamba has done it again, taking out the highly-acclaimed first prize at the Festa Delle Salsicce yesterday.
The annual salami fest was a sell-out, with 850 meat-lovers from all over Australia packing into the Pioneer Park Museum yesterday for a full immersion in Italian culture.
Winning top spot once again was a highlight for 2011 champion Mr Gamba, while second place went to Dom Fattore and third place to Robert Marando.
According to festival organiser Roy Catanzariti, it was a contentious win for Mr Gamba, who hails from Northern Italy – bumping reigning champion region Calabria into third place.
The central Italian Abruzzo region was also represented in second place.
The 13th annual festival saw a record 140 salamis entered this year – up from 136 last year.
Special guests included the Italian Consulate General, the Italian Chamber of Commerce manager, author Melina Marchetta – who wrote Looking for Alibrandi – and orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sam Sorrenti.
A number of the state’s top chefs were also in attendance as guest judges.
Mr Catanzariti said the success of the festival continued to grow and everyone enjoyed the atmosphere.
“The set up is just beautiful,” Mr Catanzariti said.
“It’s a great event.”
Griffith’s own Spaghetti Cowboys kept the crowd moving, while hundreds enjoyed taste-testing a wide variety of home-made salami.