Sausagefest is about enjoying the diversity and artistic efforts involved in making and eating sausage. Sounds pretty simple, but consider how ubiquitous sausages are in all in our nations and how little time, history, or discussion there is about sausages.
We think its time sausages take a respectable place at the major table in our culinary tradition.
Sausages have been enjoyed for more than a thousand years. If you go to Homer’s the Odyssey (book 20, verse 25) it talks about blood sausage being grilled. Here at Sausagefest.com we saw that sausage – in all its variety – needed a main stage where one of our oldest food traditions could have a home. And, its too much of a major economic part of our food economy to be ignored.
Sausages play a substantial part in our world. In the United States, according to figures for 2010, dinner sausage sales increased 2 percent, to tallied $1.89 billion. Breakfast sausage/ham sales increased as well, at more than $9 million in sales (Source: National Hot Dog & Sausage Council).
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council’s 2011 annual report projects that MLB ballparks around the country will serve 22,435,400 hot dogs this season. That represents 1.06 million more hot dogs than 2010, or a 5 percent increase, the first increase in three years.
In addition, the Council predicts ballparks will sell 5,161,370 sausages this year, more than 227,000 than in 2010, an increase of 4.6 percent. The US alone consumes 6 billion pounds per year of sausage
Even from an international perspective, sausages are part of many nations’ history and identity.
- Could England be England without Bangers? No
- Could Germany be Germany without Wurst? No
- Could Louisiana be Louisiana without Andouille sausage? No
- Would there be a Poland without Polish Sausage? No
- Chicago would disappear without hot dogs? Yes
- Milwaukee without Brats? No
- Could Toronto exist without sausage vendors? No
So now that we brought the topic up, lets clear the fetid air of sophomoric humor around the term Sausagefest.
Yes, Sausagefest is a term that will trigger a variety of effects: snickers, derision, sneers, laughs, or a raised eyebrow. Still in all, it’s a term that doesn’t strike fear, anxiety or loathing. US slang generally says Sausagefest is a party or event where males are too much in abundance. But, this is not a all male community.
I did a recent non-scientific survey and found that all of the following major icons of the civilized world were seen in a more negative light than the terms Sausagefest:
- Wall street
- Financial advisors
- Bankers (from any country with US types the most heinous)
- Al Qaeda
So Sausagefest is a term, for the most part, for fun and enjoyment and Sausagefest.com is going down that road.
Our History: A Very Quick Overview
During a Christmas Eve party in 1996 we were into the final drinks of the after dinner drinks portion of the evening. We were barely capable of forming compound sentences but alcohol inspires many great notions.
Since we serve Cajun File Gumbo for Christmas Eve we talked about the sausage contribution to that cuisine. This quickly led to the larger discussion of sausages from around the world and how they are a vital natural resource. Its like wind power without the media fawning attached to the next Big Thing.
With a professional psychologist present we figured the persons attracted to eating sausage were those people who were not purist, vegetarians, organic farmers, health food Nazis, or squeamish about putting good tasting things into their mouth. This narrowed the universe of people down to a nice twisted segment of the population.
After that we just needed to find a special day that would appeal to this unique population of lost souls. In the US we have either not enough or too many three days weekends. Labor Day weekend seemed like a perfect time for a Sausagefest. At the end of summer, people who were still around their house on the weekend needed a reason to stay behind.
As you can surmise, Sausagefest does not have any airs to appeal to the upper crustaceans of society.
We have determined that we needed to reach out to the world, leave behind what was essentially a friends and family website, and make Sausagefest the Sausage Portal for the Free World.
Who We Are
Kent Antonius, Editor & Publisher
Kent was born to Polish and Lithuanian parents. Sausages were part of every holiday and family gathering. Raised in Chicago, sausages were everywhere. His first job was working at a hot dog stand on Chicago’s Southside.
As an adult, though not very mature one, he has eaten sausages from Canada to Mexico. He’s eaten sausages in almost all the states of the US.
His business experience has been in the information technology industry. In the 1990’s he began working with commercial internet systems and the combination of that experience with his interest in sausage gave birth to Sausagefest.com.
But if you do have any, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org