Break out the bangers and join in the celebrations for UK Sausage Week 2017.
Promoting the magnificent British sausage in all its many flavoursome forms, UK Sausage Week runs from October 30th to November 5th and encourages everyone to sample some sausages, especially from their local independent family butcher.
A variety of sausage-centred events are taking place throughout the week-long initiative, involving butchers, sausage makers and retailers across the UK. These will include special promotions, tasting events, competitions and even specially created sausages.
One of the highlights of UK Sausage Week is its launch event and awards presentation, held this year at Plaisterers’ Hall, in London. A total of 27 awards were presented by the event’s 2017 host and “sausage ambassador” Eric Knowles, known as one of the longest-serving experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.
Awards were presented to the best manufacturers, retailers and trade suppliers, and to the Best Independent Butcher in 10 regions covering the whole of the UK. Each category had a competition for the best traditional sausage and the best innovative sausage, featuring a wide range of mouthwatering flavours.
The ultimate prize is the title of “UK Supreme Sausage Champion”, which this year was awarded to a Kent-based chain of 11 traditional butcher’s shops, J. C. Rook and Sons Ltd. It won the coveted award with its Battle of Britain Memorial Sausage, a specially created commemorative sausage created to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940.
More than 400 different sausages were entered in the competition this year, judged by a panel of industry experts who gathered at The Regional Food Academy at Harper Adams University in Shropshire. Chief judge Keith Fisher said: “It’s been one of the best events I can remember and the standard of entries was fantastic.”
You can see a full list of all this year’s winners on the UK Sausage Week 2017 website, which also has other details about the week-long celebration of all things sausage. It includes a selection of sausage-based recipes which can be downloaded free for you to try at home, ranging from traditional sausage and onion casserole, to sausage and bean goulash, the ultimate sausage, beans and chips, and traditional sausage meat stuffing.
When increasingly complex, elaborate and exotic recipes featuring all kinds of unfamiliar ingredients dominate TV cookery shows, it is easy to overlook the wholesome goodness of the humble British sausage. If it’s been a while since you sat down to a scrumptious sausage supper, why not visit your local butcher to see what’s on offer to set your tastebuds tingling?
This year’s UK Sausage week draws to a close on Sunday November 5th – Bonfire Night – and what better time to celebrate with a few bangers.