KOLBASOJ SEN LIMOJ / SPEECH

When we eat sausages, we put a whole lot of culture in our mouths, just like when we speak a language. And it does not stop there. The food we consume will affect every cell in our bodies; just like the cultural rituals we participate in, will inevitably affect our characters.

Sometimes some people try to make us think that a certain cultural reality is given and unchangeable. That is of course a lie. We can always affect the culture we live in. In everything we do. In public, as well as in the most intimate spheres.

Once in a while, but admittedly pretty seldom, a single individual gesture will set off a revolution. Normally, in our day-to-day lives, our acts have more or less a microscopic effect on the world that surrounds us. But they do have an effect. And the effects add up.

Once upon a time, we lived in a world without sausages. That was more than five thousand years ago. Then, someone in Mesopotamia—what today is Iraq, somehow came up with the idea to make a sausage. Incidentally this was the same place, (and around the same time) where writing was invented.

People started to put sausages in their mouths, and they liked it. Since Mesopotamia was a cultural centre, word about the sausage soon started to spread. And all over the world, the human race started to make sausages. And sausages became a hit. From the làcháng in China, to the falukorv in Sweden. In fact, sausages became so fashionable, that the Greek playwright Epicharmus—who Socrates called the prince of Comedy, wrote a play about them.

Around the world, people liked sausages so much; that they forgot that sausage had come from Mesopotamia—the cradle of human civilization. Instead they started to think, that such an excellent thing must have been invented by themselves. Is that the reason why so many sausages have names of cities and places? Like de Toulouse, Cumberland, Wiener, and Nürnberger?

We know that the popular Icelandic hotdog came from the old imperial power Denmark. But Icelanders like sausages so much, that they like to think that they are completely Icelandic. In fact, the hotdog has become a national dish. When Icelanders celebrate their national day on the 17th of June, having a hotdog is a part of the celebration. And the biggest Icelandic sausage company, SS, does not shy away from playing on patriotism when they market their products through the slogan: Islendingar borda SS-pylsur—Icelanders eat SS-sausages.

The German reichskansler Otto von Bismarck once said: ‘People who enjoy eating sausage and obeying the law should not watch either being made.’

Well, we love sausages. But we would like to offer the world a sausage freed of national chauvinism. And we like to offer a sausage of the highest quality. That is why our first sausage consists of 100 % Icelandic lamb.

Kolbasoj sen Limoj are very excited to work with Icelandic lamb industry. It has resulted in a sausage, which we are very proud of, and which we could talk a lot about. But why talk about sausages, when one can eat them? So let us just finish, by expressing our heartfelt thanks to Reykjavik’s Living Art Museum, who has given us this opportunity, to present, on the very national day of Iceland, the world’s first international sausage, consisting of 100% Icelandic lamb.

Thank you and bon appétit!