Biroldo sausage festival by Hugh Johnson

In central Tuscany, below the Garfagnana hills is the small town of Matraia. Every year they celebrate a blood sausage festival, which attracts over 2000 people. It is a fattier version of black pudding or boudin blanc, like an offal salami. All the local butchers compete to see if their sausage wins the top prize and a seat in the winners gold throne.

The sausage itself

The local sausage chat

Nice trainers

Just as the girls got going the band stopped playing - possibly a lack of rehearsals?

Pork plays a huge part in the Italian food scene

Every market has one of these fellas - porchetta.

In Italy there isn't a festival without cheer leaders, although the local girls weren’t impressed