Local food group, Hampshire Fare, is urging all local butchers and producers to enter their top meaty products into this year’s Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.
The annual contest celebrates all that people love about our county’s talented butchers and will this year be held at Eastleigh College with judging beginning on Valentine’s Day.
All twelve categories are now open for entry via the Hampshire Fare website: Traditional Pork Sausage, Speciality Pork Sausage, Lamb/Beef Sausage, Hampshire Sausage – Hampshire Fare Trophy, Home-Cured Bacon, Meatballs and Faggots, Traditional Pork Pie, Pies – Hot Eating, Pies – Cold Eating, Black Pudding, Hampshire Charcuterie and Young Sausage Maker.
Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager at Hampshire Fare commented on significant changes to the format: “Taking on board feedback from previous competitions, new rules have been put in place for 2018. These include entrants no longer needing to cook their sausage entries and the awards ceremony being held on a separate day to the judging.
The competition highlights and celebrates the fantastic butchers and producers we have here in Hampshire. It is a chance for people to show their love and appreciation for their local butcher. Encourage your butcher to enter so they can get some well-earned recognition for their efforts and talents.”
Last year’s competition attracted 201 entries from 38 butchers and producers. The title of Supreme Champion was awarded to LJ Smith Butchers, who went on to represent Hampshire at the Champion of Champions national competition. Pip Smith, owner of LJ Smith Butchers, was delighted by the win: “Achieving this title reinforces our customers’ belief in what we do. It gives them confidence in our commitment to making the best products we can. We have been lucky enough to win this title before and it has helped bolster sales and also keep enthusiasm going in the shop.”
Entries must be received by 2nd February 2018. Entries can be made online via the Hampshire Fare website, www.hampshirefare.co.uk, or contact the office to receive a form by post, call 023 8073 3830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Judging will take place on the 14th and 15th February with the award ceremony being held in the evening on Thursday 1st March at Rownhams House and Gardens.
The competition is made possible through the sponsorship and support of AHDB, Mozzo Coffee, Lucas Ingredients, Dalziel and Rational.