Market Deeping butcher scoops top sausage award
MP Sir John Hayes talked about the importance of supporting local business during the coronavirus pandemic as he chaired the ninth annual South Holland and Boston Butcher's Pride sausage competition today.
Sir John was speaking after Grasmere Farm of Market Deeping won the coveted trophy for the first time.
He said: "This is a really fair and thorough competition which backs small businesses and at this time in the country's history it is even more important that we do so.
"These businesses are going to be under a lot of pressure and the fact that we are sending a message to them that we care and we want to promote their specialist skills and understanding of good food is very significant.
"As long as I am a member of parliament then this competition will keep going, maybe even after that."
MP Sir John Hayes chaired the ninth Butcher's Pride competition, which was back at the Woodlands Hotel in Spalding.
Organised by Boston College, sausages are 'blind tested' by a group of six judges and marked for appearance and aroma, texture, clarity of flavour and balance of flavour.
The sausages were cooked on the premises by the Woodlands team and the competition judged in two sittings, with entries for Best Lincolnshire Sausage and Best Speciality Sausage.
There were Gold Awards for both category winners and the Butcher's Pride Award, sponsored by Sir John, went to the butcher with the highest overall points score.
Best Lincolnshire sausage went to G Shearer & Son of Holbeach, with Grassmere Farm winning the speciality category with its caramelised red onion sausage, and also won the overall competition.
Highly commended in the Lincolnshire Sausage section was George Adams of Spalding with their famous 1910 variety and H Dawson and Sons of Boston.
In the Speciality section, Bennetts Butchers of Spalding were commended for their pork and stilton sausage and Trevor Sharpe Butchers of Gosberton for their low fat effort.
Other butchers who entered were: Bycroft of Boston, FM Lyell and Son of Boston, Tulipland Butchers of Donington, M&H of Boston, CJ Butchers of Boston and and G&M Frisby of Crowland.
Speciality sausages this year included gluten-free, smoked, hot chilli, pork and venison, and smoky pork and maple.
Judges were: MP Sir John Hayes, Boston College principal and chief executive Claire Foster, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Simon Beardsley, Branston Group HR manager Rachel Leech, Mike Johnson, of the Federation of Small Business, and Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian editor Jeremy Ransome.
Sir John thanked Boston College and especially employer engagement manager George Bell, for organising the event, Woodlands Hotel for hosting and cooking, and the judges.
He added: "This is a really good thing for Boston College to be involved in and is indicative of their link with the community and something to be very proud of."
Mr Bell added: "I know the butchers all appreciate the competition and we are delighted to continue to be a part of it."
2017: Lincolnshire Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Speciality Sausage: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton; Butcher’s Pride Award: George Adams of Spalding.
2016: Lincolnshire Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Speciality Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Butcher’s Pride Award: George Adams of Spalding.
2015: Lincolnshire Sausage: Bycroft’s of Boston; Speciality Sausage: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton; Butcher’s Pride Award: Bycroft’s of Boston.
2014: Lincolnshire Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Speciality Sausage: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton; Butcher’s Pride Award: George Adams of Spalding.
2013: Lincolnshire Sausage: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton; Speciality Sausage: George Adams of Spalding; Butcher’s Pride Award: Trevor Sharpe of Gosberton.
2012: Butcher’s Pride Award: George Adams of Spalding.