Organisers of Nelson’s Sausage Festival, from left, Adrien La Grow, Jonah Turnage, Brandon Turnage, Sebastian and Matias Cacciavillani and Danny Oyaga. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Nelson’s inaugural sausage festival


We all have our favourite when it comes to sausages, be it good ol’ fashioned pork or something more adventurous like venison and merlot.

However, Viva La Vaca food cart owner Matias Cacciavillani has teamed up with Craft Beer Depot’s Brandon Turnage and Danny Oyaga to bring local’s a whole new level of sausage flavours, just in time for Father’s Day.

“My partner Chelsea came up with the idea and we were talking with Brandon down here at the Craft Beer Depot about doing something cool on Father’s Day, these guys have an awesome place here, very family-orientated as well,” says Matias.

Dubbed Nelson’s Inaugural Sausage Fest, Matias put the word out on Facebook, asking people to come up with some exciting sausage flavours.

Once the results were in, voting started to determine the top five which will then be cooked and tasted on Father’s Day.

Matias has since been working hard on perfecting the flavours which include spicy pork, jalapeno and cheese; duck, pork, orange and thyme; pork, lemon grass, kafir lime and garlic; beef habanero and plum and lamb, lemon, white wine, pomegranate and mint.

The event will take place on Sunday, September 3, at the Craft Beer Depot, with $20 per person getting you one of each flavour to try, or $10 giving you a choice of two.

People can then cast their vote on the best flavour and whoever suggests the most popular one will win one kilo of sausages.

The Craft Beer Depot will also be pairing their beers with the different sausage flavours while a bouncy castle will be available for children.

The Craft Beer Depot opens from 12pm, with sausages on offer from 4pm.