Salami Day was created by the Salami Appreciation Society, in Henrico, Virginia, in 2006. Two women, named Christine and Virginia, founded the society, and started the day, because they felt salami was an overlooked deli meat that "deserved it's day in the sun." Salami is a cured Italian style sausage, that is usually made with pork and beef and spices. Names of different types of salami are derived from ingredients, style, or place of origin of the salami. Historically, salami was popular with European peasants, especially from Italy, because it could be stored at room temperature for a long time after being cut. Salami is many times eaten on sandwiches, with cheese or crackers, or by itself.
How to Observe Salami Day
The day should be spent by eating salami. Have it on a sandwich or with cheese, or try using it in a more interesting recipe. If you live by an Italian deli, buy it there, as Italy is where many types of salamis originated from! Don't be afraid to try many different types. Once you are familiar with the different types of salamis, you may want to try this salami word search. You could buy a Salami Day T-shirt, or make your own plush salami. There are a few other ideas that the Salami Day creators suggest.