William Hague presents Heck sausage awards

Leader of the House of Commons William Hague took time out his schedule to present awards at Heck’s sausage and beer festival, as the company celebrates a £3m turnover.

Hague presented the ‘Heck Cup’, awarded to the best sausage of the day, which was given to Mark Cockburn of Cockburns of Bedale, in Yorkshire. The competition sees butchers and local sausage producers enter products for title of ‘Best Sausage’.

The sausage and beer festival was held at Camp Hill Estate in Yorkshire on 26 July, with over 1,000 people coming along for complimentary sausage sandwiches, sausage tastings, fastest linking competition, cookery demos, live music and family entertainment.

Heck sausages were introduced into Tesco stores last year
and, earlier in 2014, the company reported another deal with Asda, which would see its sausage products in 285 stores. Heck told Meatinfo.co.uk in April that it intended to be “the number one premium sausage brand in 18 months”. For its first year the company boasted a £3m turnover, which it hopes to double by next year, helped by new ventures in Waitrose and Booths.

Andrew Keeble, Heck co-founder, said: “Our first festival was a great success and surpassed expectations. The weather held out and the day was a great way to showcase the wealth of local butchers and sausage-makers in the area. We cooked and served 2,000 sausage sandwiches over the course of the day and there was entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Congratulations to Mark Coburn who was awarded the Heck Cup for the ‘Best Sausage’ competition - I look forward to scooping the title from him next year!”

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