Salumi a success story
THE Billinudgel Industrial Estate seems an unlikely base for a traditional Italian product that is delighting some of the most sophisticated palates in the country.
But since producing their first range of salamis in November 2010, Salumi Australia now supplies dozens of retailers and restaurants locally and throughout Australia, including some of the most celebrated high-end dining houses in Sydney and Melbourne.
Salumi co-founder Michael Dlask said it was dissatisfaction with the quality of cured meats available in Australia that inspired him and his business partner Italian chef Massimo Scalas to produce their own range using 100% Australian pork mostly sourced from Bangalow.
After setting up a state-of-the-art curing facility in Billinudgel, it took them over six months to develop products that wowed their tastebuds.
Mr Dlask said from that point on expansion was rapid as they tapped into their combined networks of hospitality contacts.
Salumi Australia is one of many local gastronomic success stories that will be showcased at this weekend's third annual Ballina Fine Food & Wine Festival. The event, run by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond to raise funds for local causes, celebrates the best the Northern Rivers has to offer in food, wine, primary producers, restaurants and eateries.
Organiser Julie Lee said there were 75 exhibitors this year, 15 more than the 2011 event.
"The whole idea is to make this a signature event for the Ballina community and to basically become a platform for the local cottage industry and restaurants to showcase what they do in the area," Ms Lee said.
As well as lots of samples of tasty local produce, there will be cooking demonstrations and competitions including audience participation.
Where: Ballina Jockey Club, Racecourse Rd (Southern Cross Industrial Estate), Ballina.
When: This Sunday, August 12, 11am-3pm.
Price: Adult $30, ages14-17 $15, 10-13 $10, 5-9 $5, under 5 free.
On entry: Receive a bag with one wine glass, a lanyard (to hang your glass around your neck), sporks, serviettes and tasting dishes. All food and wine will be offered by exhibitors free to the public, the only cost is the entry fee to the event.
Parking: Lots of free parking available on site.
Ballina Fishermens Coop
Ballina Meals on Wheels
Ballina RSL & Bowling Club
Beef & Beach
JR's Smokehouse BBQ
La Cucina Di Vino
Summerland House Farm
Watershed Premium Wine
Imogen's Farm Winery
Ballina Wine Bar
All the Best Fine Foods
Australian Bush Spices
Byron Bay Chocolate Company
Deli 4 U
Granite Belt Dairy
Mountain Blue Orchards
Nimbin Valley Dairy
Playing with Fire
Saghtar Fine Foods
The Bramble Patch
The Honey Wagon
Tumby Sauce Co
Zest Byron Bay