Butchers’ Fair Autumn set to be ‘best yet’

Butchers are being urged to register for MTJ’s Butchers’ Fair Autumn, which organisers are claiming will be the best yet.

The event, which will take place at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on Sunday 7 October 2012, will host the final of MTJ’s prestigious Champions of Champions sausage competition, sponsored by Bpex and Lucas Ingredients, as well as the return of the National Pie Competition, with categories sponsored by Eblex.

Visitors will be able to find the latest products and services from an extensive list of exhibitors, ranging from sundry suppliers to ingredients manufacturers, shopfitting firms and trade bodies, including WR Wright, Verstegen Spices & Sauces, Dalziel, Harder Bros, Stamford, Booker, Scobies Direct, Lucas, Catra, McDonnells, Jiffy, Bizerba, Watco, Acold, Tasty Trotter and Creative Retail Solutions.

There will also be a host of informative presentations on the main stage. Confirmed speakers include Kate Wood, marketing executive at John Penny & Sons, who will discuss the wholesaler’s Meat Crusade Campaign, and Roy Craven, head of butchery for Morrisons, who will talk about how supermarkets are hiring real butchers. Meanwhile, Dalziel will be offering technical advice on sausage-making and added-value products during live demonstrations at the Meat Masterclass zone.

As always, the fair will host a butchers vs bakers competition, with butchers challenged to beat bakers at their own game by rolling a piece of Genoese sponge and decorating it.

The competition winners will be announced live on stage by special guest Shaun Williamson – best-known for his role as Barry in British TV soap Eastenders – who will also be on hand to meet suppliers during the day.

MTJ editor Ed Bedington said: “MTJ’s Butchers’ Fair Autumn is looking to be the biggest day in the butchery calendar this year and I would urge everyone to register now to secure their place. With two prestigious competitions, a wide range of exhibitors and some fascinating presentations, this event is not to be missed.”

Registration forms and competition entry forms are available at http://www.butchersfair.co.uk/


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