Think your salami will exceed all expectations to compete with the likes of Roy Spagnolo's?
Well, judges Pat Sergi and Rosmaree Patane share what they look for in the perfect salami in the lead up to Griffith's Festa delle Salsice.
Entering salamis this year are Ross Patane and Mr Spagnolo, who hope to edge out the competition with their chosen meat. With salamis almost ready to take down, the Patane's think they have the process down pat.
Watch the video of the four discussing salami judging with Roy Catanzariti below:
"We mince our meat twice, that's just one of the things we do," Mrs Patane said.
"But there are so many different methods and techniques, everyone does it differently."
Their family tend to favour female pigs, because they tend to have a little less fat in them, Mr Patane explains.
Festival pioneer Roy Catanzariti explains the judges will be judging on four main categories: texture, colour, aroma, flavour.
He said the taste was obviously personal, but Mr Spagnolo wanted to know all the juicy details, like what makes a good salami
"Well what doesn't make a good salami?" Mr Catanzariti asked back.
"I tell you, I have tasted a few salamis this year and there is not a bad one around - the weather has been ideal for salami making."
Mr Sergi said for him, he was looking for a pig that wasn't stressed.
"One that comes from a good paddock with good feed, it comes out in the colour," Mr Sergi said.
The annual salami festival this year will be held on the August 28, with the judging taking place on the Saturday before.
Once again, the beloved John Mangos will be a judge with his wife Tanny, and will be the master of ceremonies of the festival.
Those prize-winning hopefuls wishing to enter their salamis can do so at Leo Franco Motors, Mia Casa, TLE Electrical, or as always, by giving Mr Catanzariti a call on 0412 777 147.
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