Finalists go head to head at Foodservice Sausage of the Year

Butchers are going head to head with manufacturers today (26 October) in a battle for the prestigious Bpex Foodservice Pork Sausage of the Year title.

Fifteen sausages, which were chosen out of 200 entries after a tough first round of judging, will be given one last taste by judges at Butcher’s Hall before the overall champion is announced.

Tony Goodger, Bpex’s foodservice trade manager, said: “The first round of the competition was very difficult to judge, due to the incredibly high standard of entries. There has been so much innovation in the sector from different shapes and exotic flavours, such as the ‘Caribbean Sausage’ and ‘Tuscan Sausage Crumb’ to sausages that are suitable for different markets, such as the ‘Low Salt, Honey & Rosemary Whirl’.

“We’ve also seen an increase in the number of sausage-makers working with micro-breweries and partnering pork with great British ales, to produce unique varieties that are ideally suited to the pub and restaurant market. The brand new Iconic British Banger category; introduced for British Sausage Week 2012 (5-11 November), did not fail to disappoint with many entries wowing the judges.”

The finalists are:

Category 1 – Traditional Pork Sausage Category
•    Cumberland Sausage, The British Premium Sausage Company
•    Traditional Pork Sausage, Althams Catering Butchers
•    Red Tractor Lincolnshire Breakfast Pork, The Welsh Sausage Co

Category 2 – Speciality Pork Sausage Category
•    The Pickled Pig, Pork & Strong Ale, A Turner and Sons
•    Caribbean Pork Sausage, J C Rook & Sons
•    Chilli Sausage, Archers Butchers

Category 3 – Best Pub Pork Sausage Category
•    London Banger with Young’s Special Bitter, Solent Butchers
•    Farmhouse Sausage, Moss Valley Fine Meats
•    Traditional Pork Sausage, Primrose Herd

Category 4 – Best Innovative Pork Sausage Category
•    Premium Pork Sausage with Chorizo and Olive Oil, Scan Foods UK (F A Gill)
•    Tuscan Sausage Crumb, York House Meat Products
•    Low Salt, Honey & Rosemary Whirl, Vaughan’s Family Butchers

Category 5 – Iconic British Banger Category
•    Lincolnshire Horseshoe, York House Meat Products
•    Pork & Leek Sausage, Cam Family Butchers
•    The Londoner, The Franconian Sausage Co


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