Salumi Australia co-founder Michael Dlask at their Billinudgel factory. Their product will feature at the Ballina Fine Food and Wine Festival.
Salumi Australia co-founder Michael Dlask at their Billinudgel factory. Their product will feature at the Ballina Fine Food and Wine Festival. Patrick Gorbunovs

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.

 

Foodies fare

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.

Website: ballinafinefoodandwine-festival.com.au.

 

EXHIBITORS

Restaurants/Retailers

Ballina Fishermens Coop

Ballina Manor

Ballina Meals on Wheels

Ballina RSL & Bowling Club

Beef & Beach

Coles

Dominos

Evolution Cafe

Farmgate Beef

Federal Hotel

Fleurs

Gourmet Meals

JR's Smokehouse BBQ

Hoi Shing

Indian Mumtaj

La Cucina Di Vino

Peppers Retreat

Salvation Army

Spar Supermarket

Summerland House Farm

 

WINE

Dan Murphy's

Yellow Tail

Oatley Family

Campari

Watershed Premium Wine

Imogen's Farm Winery

Ballina Wine Bar

Gruber's Winery

Arvo Beer

Organic Vineyard

Tyrells Wines

 

COTTAGE INDUSTRIES

All the Best Fine Foods

Australian Bush Spices

Baraka Foods

Byron Bay Chocolate Company

Curry Traders

Deli 4 U

Eshai

Gourmet Garlic

Granite Belt Dairy

Lentilicious

Mistral Hill

Mountain Blue Orchards

Mullumbimby Magic

Nimbin Valley Dairy

No.1 Yoghurt

Norco

Pickle Chicks

Pioneer Poultry

Playing with Fire

Saghtar Fine Foods

Salumi Australia

Steinhardt Oysters

The Bramble Patch

The Honey Wagon

Tridosha

Tumby Sauce Co

Zentveld's

Zest Byron Bay

Kahawa Estate



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