Butchers' show coming back to Bolton
THE BEST sausage makers in the North West are set to be rewarded for their mouthwatering pork products at an awards ceremony at the Reebok Stadium.
The Regional Pork Product Awards roll into Bolton on September 25, with the industry’s most esteemed and qualified judges on the lookout for top quality pies, sausages and chops.
Gold, silver and bronze awards will all be up for grabs, as well as the chance of becoming champion for the North West of England.
Any independent retail butcher, farm shop or local pork producer making their own pork products in the North West is eligible to enter any of the 12 product categories.
Each product judged is given an award based on its score.
The highest-scoring gold-award product in each category at the end of the night is crowned champion, before an overall winner is chosen from the pool of champions.
Pork butchery and product development manager for BPEX Keith Fisher said: “We’re delighted to kick off our tour in the North West, which promises to be a great event.
“Our judges are poised to get their teeth into a selection of exceptional pork products, which we’ve no doubt will set the bar high for the rest of the 2013-2014 season!
“Plus, as it’s our 10th anniversary, we are offering every butcher the chance to enter one product free of charge, so if you’ve never entered before why not give it a go — you have nothing to lose.”
The categories open are traditional and speciality pork sausages, traditional pork pies, speciality hot and cold pork pies or pasties, home-cured bacon and gammon, young sausage maker, speciality pork products, black pudding, pork offal products, pork ready meals and pork burgers Last year’s champion David Paintin, from Ye Old Sausage Shop, Oswaldtwistle, testified that the recognition of the awards had increased trade.
After topping the speciality pork sausage category, Mr Paintin said: “It was a brilliant result and gave business a fantastic boost.”
Entry forms and guidelines can be downloaded from porkforbutchers.bpex.org.uk.
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