Britain’s best bakers and butchers to descend on Newark

Next weekend will see butchers across the UK gather in Newark for the ever-popular Autumn Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair. Featuring competitions, speakers and the latest market innovations there will be plenty on offer for visitors.

Featuring the irrepressible television legend Keith Chegwin as guest presenter, the fair, which takes place at the Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, on Sunday 12 October, will offer a mix of entertainment, challenge and networking for butchers across the UK.

Exhibitors taking part in the show include ingredients companies such as Lucas Ingredients, MRC, Verstegen Spices and Sauces, Dalesman and Innovative Food Ingredients to name a few, through to sundry specialists including Norman Pendred, Scobie & Junor and William Jones Packaging, alongside equipment suppliers, including big names like Bizerba and Bäro Lighting.

Ed Bedington, editor of Meat Trades Journal, which organises the event, said: “There’s a wide range of exhibitors who will be taking part in the fair and, between them, they offer a superb range of companies to suit the needs of the modern butcher.

“If you’re looking to kit out your store with the latest technology, seeking opportunities to improve your lighting, or pick up some tips and ideas on how to boost and improve your range of products, the Bakers’ & Butchers’ Fair is a must-visit.

“We’ve been running the fairs for a number of years now and they’ve always been a great day out for the butchery trade. I look forward to seeing many of you there.”

Alongside the exhibition itself will be a number of competitions, with butchers facing off against their bakery rivals in the National Pie Competition 2014, which is sponsored by Invicta Business Machines. 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.

Other attractions include the UK’s number one sausage competition, Champion of Champions, which sees the best sausages from across the country judged to discover the ultimate sausage-maker. Bedington added: “Competitions are a great way to test your mettle and find out if you’ve got what it takes to rank up against the best of the best. They’re also a great way to promote your products and tell your customers that you’re an award-winning butcher, and if you’re not successful on the day, there’s also a good opportunity to learn and find out how to improve.

“Because the fair offers a number of great competitive events, it’s a great chance for butchers to rub shoulders with some competitive heavyweights and perhaps pick up some hints and tips that might come in useful in the future.”

There will also be a range of presentations and speakers, designed to inspire butchers and help them develop their businesses further. Those speakers will include social media expert Sam Flynn, who will offer insight into how butchers can turn their Facebook and Twitter activity into business wins. Also speaking at the event will be Eblex’s Matthew Southam and Stefan Porter of Market Porter. They will highlight the scale of the opportunity for butchers to offer an online service and, most importantly, explore some of the ways butchers can go about making that a reality.

Demonstrations will also be given on the stage, with presentations on latest product innovations from Lucas Ingredients, and some pie-making insight from Stephen Hallam of pie masters Dickinson & Morris.
To register for free entry online to the fair, visit

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