It’s celebration time as the winners of the 2018 UK Sausage Week competition were unveiled today (29th October) during a sizzling celebration lunch at Plaisterers’ Hall, London.

This year’s UK Sausage Week kicked off with a bang (or banger!) when awards were presented for some of the country’s best sausages.

Host Sophie Grigson, known for her cookery books and regular television appearances, presented the 27 winners with their certificates.

The event included the UK Supreme Sausage Champion accolade which was awarded to Frank Parker Butchers for its Free Range Pork Breakfast Sausage.

Around 500 different sausages were entered into the competition and were judged at The Regional Food Academy, Harper Adams University, by Institute of Meat CEO Keith Fisher, Q Guild of Butchers manager Claire Holland, members of Ladies In Pigs and other industry experts.

Chief judge Keith Fisher said: “Opening the Sausage Week competition up to feature all meat sausages rather than only pork was an excellent move. Throughout the judging we tasted everything from turkey through to venison and some of the flavour combinations used were truly inspired. The care and attention that’s been put into the products submitted was clear.

“Sausage Week remains as important as ever since Meat Management took over the initiative and the quality of the sausages coming through genuinely increases year on year.”

A variety of events are still to take place throughout the week-long UK Sausage Week initiative. Butchers, manufacturers, retailers and associations across the UK are hosting their own sausage events, special promotions, competitions and tastings across the campaign.

Companies still looking to get in on the action may wish to download the official UK Sausage Week poster to display, or download the logo to print and use for product labels. An extensive selection of sizzling sausage recipes are also available for use. For further information and to download the materials visit www.uksausageweek.com.

A full list of winners can be found below:

Best Foodservice Sausage:
Traditional – Aberdeenshire Larder – Traditional Beef Lorne Sausage
Innovative – Danish Crown UK – Pork, Cheese and Jalapeno Sausage

Best Supermarket/Multiple Retailer Sausage:
Traditional – Tulip Ltd – Co-op Butchers Choice Cumberland Sausage
Innovative – Walkers Deli & Sausage Co – Waitrose Good Health Spanish Style Pork, Chickpea & Spinach Sausages

Best Manufacturer Own Brand Sausage:
Traditional – A Turner and Sons – Best of British
Innovative – Riverway Foods Ltd – 18 British Piri Piri & Spicy Chorizo Mixed Pack Sausages

Wales:
Traditional – Wegnalls Farm Meats – Gluten Free Pork Sausage
Innovative – Vaughans Family Butchers – Pork Sausage with Blackcurrant and Liquorice

Scotland:
Traditional – Crombies of Edinburgh – Grandad’s Beef Sausage
Innovative – Hugh Black & Sons Butchers Ltd – Hot And Sweet Bonfire Bangers

Northern Ireland:
Traditional – Hannan Meats – Traditional Thin Pork Breakfast Sausage (Gluten Free)
Innovative – Finnebrogue – Blackgate Signature Honey Roast Pork Sausages

Best Independent Butcher: South West:
Traditional – Lambournes Butchers – Old Spot Sausage with Sage
Innovative – K & M Butchers – Pork Cheese Burger in a Sausage

Best Independent Butcher: South East:
Traditional – Patrick Strainge Butchers – Old Traditional
Innovative – J.C. Rook & Sons Ltd – Korean Tteokgalbi

Best Independent Butcher: West Midlands:
Traditional – Frank Parker Butchers – Free Range Pork Breakfast Sausage
Innovative – Holloway Family Butchers Ltd – The SSS

Best Independent Butcher: East Midlands:
Traditional – Ginger Butchers – Prime Pork Sausage
Innovative – Edis of Ely – Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar Free Range Pork Sausage

Best Independent Butcher: North:
Traditional – Rothbury Family Butchers @ Heighley Gate – Roman Sausage
Innovative – George H Pickings – Gluten Free Tandoori Pork Sausage

Best Independent Butcher: North East:
Traditional – Elite Meat Ltd – Traditional Pork Sausage
Innovative – F. Leakes Butcher – Chicken, Chicken Liver, Leek and Stilton

Best Independent Butcher: North West:
Traditional – G Callaghan & Son – Thin Pork Sausages
Innovative – H Clewlow Butchers – Pork with Plum & Mulled Wine

UK Supreme Sausage Champion: Frank Parker Butchers – Free Range Pork Breakfast Sausage

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