Sausage success for three finalists!
28th February 2012
In a secret tasting at Joseph Benjamin Restaurant, on Monday 27th February, the Sausage Committee of Chester met to judge sausages from five, finalist butchers for this year’s Chester Food Drink & Lifestyle Festival, ‘Sausage of the Year Competition’.
The committee, which included Anne Faulkner (The Cheese Shop), Phil Dougherty (Catering Manager for Chester Racecourse), Gavin Matthews (Dee106.3), Jane Mooney (Festival Chairman - Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival), Gaile Wundke (Taste Cheshire Food Consultant) and Dave Geary, munched their way through 10 delicious sausages to pick a final three, which will go through to the final round at this year’s Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival in April.
Each sausage was judged on its taste, texture, how true it was to its description as well as appearance both cooked and uncooked. This year’s sausages were all made using pork, however all were completely unique in flavour. Flavours included everything from red onion and smoked bacon to caramelised onion and chive.
After a finger-licking conclusion, the three semi-finalists were chosen as Ernest W. Edge and Son’s Butchers’ Cheshire Pork and Roast Sweet Pepper Sausage, Noel Baker British Meats’ Pork and Caramelised Onion Sausage and The Hollies Farm Shop’s Cumberland Pork and Mixed Herb Sausage.
On being chosen as a semi-finalist, Scott Anderson of British Meats in Blacon, said: “We are really chuffed and surprised to have been put through to the final. We have entered a few times before and are so pleased to have now got through. We chose our Pork and Caramelised Onion Sausage as it has won two awards previously in other regional competitions and it’s a real favourite with our customers.”
Anne Faulkner, Co-Proprietor of The Cheese Shop in Chester was one of the judges and commented: “There were lots of excellent sausages this year but the three that have gone forward to the final really stood out for me. I particularly looked for sausages that stayed true to their description, I should be able to taste the herbs they have said they have used and I was looking for a good balance of flavours too.”
The three sausages from the semi-final will go through to the final of the Sausage of the Year Competition, which will be held on Sunday 8th April from 10.30am at this year’s Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival.
The three sausages will go head to head against, three times winner, David Joinson’s with his Welsh Sausage that won the People’s Choice Sausage, as judged by customers at The Ship Inn at Handbridge in an open competition held in February. Anyone who visits the festival can take part in the judging, which gives a true representation of what foodie fans like in a sausage and the best way to pick a banger.
Catering Manager at Chester Racecourse, Phil Dougherty added: “For me the flavour of the sausage is always the most important followed by the texture. What I believe makes a really good sausage is how well is it seasoned, it’s the seasoning that really brings out the flavour and make a good sausage stand out in the crowd.”
Last year’s winner was Ernest W. Edge and Son in Handbridge.
Tickets for this year’s Giant Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival have now been released and can be bought via the website, www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk. Ticket prices are, Adults £7, Concessions £5 and under 12s FREE. CamperFest tickets £35 Adults and £10 for children.