Butchers triumph at Butchers' Fair
The industry came together yesterday for a hugely successful inaugural Butchers’ Fair, organised by Meat Trades Journal.
The event attracted hundreds of butchers from all over the UK – including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Somerset – to Newbury Racecourse, eager to pick up information on the latest products, trends and innovations.
It witnessed the victory of the butchers over the bakers in a series of friendly competitions, with actress and model Linda Lusardi handing the trophy to Peter Mellors of Mellors Farm Shop for his hot cross pork pies.
The overall winner of the butchers’ competitions was Carl Fenton of DJ Fenton in Doncaster, whose traditional pork sausages took the day.
Fenton said: “We’re very pleased, it’s what we came for! It really does make a big difference winning competitions and customers are always asking about how we’ve done. It helps to build a buzz at work as well, as obviously we all want to do well.”
There were demonstrations on stage from Verstegen Spices & Sauces and the Manchester Rusk Company (MRC) on spicing up your butchery offer and adding value, as well as practical advice on great customer service from Simon Dowey, of John R Dowey in Lurgan. Donald Graham, Dalziel regional director said that the event had been “tremendous”.
Ed Bedington: “Our first Butchers’ Fair was a tremendous success and I would like to thank all those who took part by exhibiting or attending. I look forward to seeing even more people at our second fair later this year.”
The event was supported by the National Federation of Meat & Food Traders (NFMFT), the Q Guild and the National Association of Catering Butchers (NACB.)
The Butchers’ Fair Autumn will take place on 2 October at the Bolton Arena, Bolton, Lancashire.