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Event a show of Italy s tasty traditions
WA Multicultural Association Secretary Franco Smargiassi makes sausages with his grandson Daniel, 5. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

The art of traditional Italian sausage making will be used to encourage people to understand and appreciate Perth's multicultural groups.

The WA Multicultural Association will host an event on Sunday to offer foodies of all ages an opportunity to watch members of the Italian community make sausages from scratch.

Two pigs with a combined weight of about 190kg are expected to produce 100kg of sausages, with the smaller ones to be cooked on the barbecue and the bigger ones to be taken home to dry.

Sausage making was a way of preserving meat during winter, and the tradition continued to be practised by many Italians around the world, WAMA president Maria Bunn said.

"There will be local teams from the north and south of Italy who will demonstrate how to begin and complete the process of sausage making based on regional traditions of the art," she said.

"Through this event WAMA aims to promote cultural traditions, raise awareness of the diversity between southern and northern Italian regions and enable event participants to learn how to make and taste authentic Italian sausages."

WAMA secretary Franco Smargiassi said the association was created to foster and encourage the continuation of cultures, especially among the younger generation.

Food was the perfect way to bring people from all backgrounds and ages together.

"Food doesn't cause arguments or misunderstandings; everyone eats spaghetti and sushi because we all enjoy food from different cultures," Mr Smargiassi said.

The family event will be held at the Multicultural Community Pavilion at Ozone Reserve in East Perth from 8.30am.

The West Australian

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