Goats’ cheese sausage wins Hants prize
Published:  02 March, 2010

A pork, goats’ cheese and watercress sausage has won the Supreme Champion title of the 2010 Great Hampshire Sausage, Pie & Ready Meal Competition.

Martin Martindale of Greenfield Pork Products, of Andover, took the title after fighting off strong competition from across the county. The event, organised by county food group Hampshire Fare, attracted 197 individual entries from 28 Hampshire butchers and farmers.

Judges awarded 71 gold certificates and 15 trophies. In addition to winning Supreme Champion, Martin scooped champion trophies for Best Hampshire Sausage, Best Speciality Pork Sausage, Best Traditional Pork Sausage and Best Hampshire Farmers’ Market Entry.

Martin said: “Winning this has been the result of a wonderful team effort and attention to detail in what we produce. We rear our own free-range pigs, breeding quality and maintaining this quality right through to the end product. I am chuffed to bits that we won trophies for every sausage category that we entered!”

Martin’s champion sausage included Greenfield free-range pork, Loosehanger cheese and local watercress.

The Great Hampshire Sausage, Pie & Ready Meal competition is sponsored by Bpex, with support from Hampshire County Council, SEEDA and Lucas Ingredients. Competition facilitator John Holden described the competition as fiercely contested: “The number of entries was as strong as ever. It is a credit to Hampshire Fare that this competition, now in it’s ninth year, continues to thrive."

Tim Brock, Hampshire Fare Manager, said: “The Great Hampshire Sausage Competition is important for Hampshire’s livestock farmers, because these local butchers are using their meat. It’s also important for the high street – by using local butchers, you can find out what meat is in the product, where it has come from and how it was reared."

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