Keith Chegwin to hand out Butchers’ Fair prizes

Television legend Keith Chegwin will be leading the celebrations at the Butchers’ and Bakers’ Fair Autumn later this year.

The former frontman of Cheggers Plays Pop, among many other programmes, will be handing out the prizes at the fair for a range of competitions, and there is still time for butchers to perfect their pies!

Entries to the National Pie Competition are still open, and butchers will be facing off against bakers in a bid to claim the prizes during the fair, which takes place at the Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, on 12 October.

The pie contest features four categories, including Pork Pie, Savoury Pie, Steak and Kidney Pie and Pasties, giving opportunities to compete across a broad spectrum. Previous years have seen the butchery sector dominate against their rival bakers, but this year could see that change.

Ed Bedington, editor of Meat Trades Journal, which organises the event, said: “The National Pie Competition is proving to be one of our more popular events for butchers and attracts a number of excellent, strong entries. Until this year, butchers have been ahead in the competition, so it will be interesting to see how the bakers react.

“Pies are a massive sub-section of many people’s businesses, and if you’re a butcher that isn’t doing pies, then I’d recommend a trip to the fair to see what you’re missing. A good, award-winning pie can add a great deal to your bottom line.”

The pie competition is not the only contest taking place, as the fair also plays host to the UK’s ultimate sausage challenge, Champion of Champions. This event, which is sponsored by Bpex and Lucas Ingredients, takes winning sausages from across the UK and pitches them head-to-head to decide the country’s best sausage.

Bedington added: “A huge amount of time and energy is put into the products entering Champion of Champions and it’s a great pleasure to see that the art of sausage-making is alive and well among the butchery trade. Much as with pies, a strong sausage offer should be a core part of every butchery business.”

For butchers looking to step out of their comfort zone, and challenge the bakers on home turf, there is also a competition to find Britain’s Best Loaf.

Alongside the competitions. a wide range of exhibitors and companies will be offering their latest products, innovations and technologies to help butchers and bakers in their trade. There will also be a range of presentations and speakers, designed to inspire butchers and help them develop their businesses further.

Bedington said: “This year’s Autumn fair is shaping up to be a corker, and we all look forward to seeing you there. It’s a great chance to compete, see some innovations, network and pick up on the latest trends throughout the trade. You cannot afford to miss out!”

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