Scottish Craft Butchers Awards winners revealed

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The best haggis, pork sausages, beefburgers and savoury products in Scotland were decided upon last weekend at the 2015 Scottish Craft Butchers Awards. 

Taking place in Perth Ice Rink, a team of expert judges took on the formidable task of deciding on the best products in the country.

Wemyss Bay butcher Mearns T McCaskie beat off almost 100 other producers to win the haggis award, while pork title went to Mogerleys in Dumfries.

There were more than 200 products in the savoury pastry category, with Fife butcher The Buffalo Farm coming out on top with the Diamond award for its Steak & Gravy Pie. Scotland’s Best Butchers Beefburger was judged to be from Foston Meats from Duns Berwickshire.

Speaking to Meat Trades Journal, Douglas Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association, said the event was a success. “We’re very pleased with the attendance and everyone who came along seemed to find the event interesting. We’ve had lots of positive feedback about the day, with plenty of plaudits from butchers, processors and industry experts. People seemed to be doing lots of business at the event, which is positive for the industry.”

The day was also host to a trial run for the Great Britain Tri Nations team, who are set to compete against Australia and New Zealand in September. The entire team was on hand, using the show to replicate the competitive environment, which Scott said attracted a lot of interest from the crowd.

“It gave the team a real competitive atmosphere and they were scrutinised by an audience of their peers, which will help them in the tournament later this year.”

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