Two years ago Carlo Mazzarella and his best friend Linda Catalano started the Melbourne Salami Festa. He says the pair expected “about 12 people to turn up”. When 2,000 people lined up outside a small town hall in Thornbury, Mazzarella realised he was on to something. The festival moved to bigger digs at the Northcote Town Hall and this year there’s a record number of 72 entries. “In the first year entries were very concentrated in [Melbourne’s] northern suburbs but now they are coming from all over, even Queensland, which is great,” Mazzarella says.
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