Bolster Moor takes north east champion title
Bolster Moor Farm Shop took the Overall Champion title for the north east at the Bpex Regional Pork Product Excellence Awards Roadshow.
The Huddersfield-based farm shop won the speciality category with its pork, mature cheddar & red onion sausage and won three other category champion titles.
Simon Haigh, from the shop, said: “Our pork pies and sausages are our trademarks. They deliver because we use quality pork from a trusted supplier. We also like to innovate and follow culinary trends, so that we can develop new products that are a little bit different from the norm, which have real appeal to our customers. As we supply local, high-class restaurants, we can keep track of what the chefs are up to and we take our inspiration from them.
“Our pork, mature cheddar & red onion sausage, which won the ‘Overall Champion’ title in the Bpex Regional Roadshow Awards, offers our customers something a bit different, while our pigs cheeks in a sticky Louisiana sauce is a ‘pulled pork’ style recipe that is currently being sold in the coffee shop as it is so popular. What’s more, our pork, mint and mushy pea pie was developed especially for the competition and will now go on sale in the shop.”
He added that the awards were important because it gave the shop a good reputation and attracted new customers.
Bpex product marketing manager Claire Holland said she was “delighted” with the 401 entries from 59 butchers, which is the highest number of entries since the roadshow started 10 years ago.
She added: “And the standards did not disappoint, which made judging incredibly hard. Over a third of the products entered achieved a gold award – scoring 95-100 points out of 100. That’s a real testament to the quality of the products being produced by butchers and farm shops in the north east.”
The Young Sausage Maker title was taken by 24-year-old Michael Smith, who left his previous job as a car salesman to be a butcher three-and-a-half years ago.
He said: “Butchery came naturally to me from the start and only three months after starting work at Ainsty I won my first gold award at the Bpex Regional Roadshows. Winning the Young Sausage Maker category at this year’s awards was brilliant and is an incentive to develop my butchery skills further. I will be training up others at the shop, so that I can pass on my skills and my passion for producing quality sausages to them.
“The quality of the pork is essential – we source locally and hand-select the meat. An excellent tasting sausage with a meaty texture should be the backbone of any butchery counter and we are determined to get it right and provide our customers with the very best.”
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