Haggis champion crowned

The Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association (SFMTA) has announced the winner of the 2014 Scottish Haggis Championships.

The 2001 winner, Scott the Butcher from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, was crowned overall champion at the competition, which was held at the site of the battle of Bannockburn. The competition, aptly named The 2014 Battle of Bannockburn, invited previous winners dating back to 1976, to enter their products for the chance to win the championship title.

Working in partnership with The Robert Burns World Federation the SFMTA has declared 2014 as The Year of the Haggis to coincide with the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, both held in Scotland this summer. The campaign aims to promote the delicacy beyond the traditional Burns Night supper.

Collecting the award, George Fullarton from Scott the Butcher, said: “I am shocked, stunned, this is just brilliant. Anybody who has won the Scottish Championship has to have a good haggis, so to win against all the quality there is the icing on the cake.”

Talking about the winning recipe, Fullarton said: “Nothing has changed, I have never changed the recipe since I won the title in 2001. It is all hand-mixed by myself and I think that gives it a better texture.”

The butcher’s supplies shops all over the UK and Fullarton hopes the win will give business “another step up when it comes to expanding sales”.

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