Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition Judging Complete

Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition Judging Complete

Last week, a panel of expert judges from across the country gathered at Eastleigh College to participate in the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition 2018 organised by local food group Hampshire Fare.

Held at East Avenue Restaurant on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February, the event received a record-breaking 261 entries from 46 butchers. There were twelve categories in the competition including Traditional Pork Sausage, Speciality Sausage, Beef and Lamb Sausage, Cold-eating Pie, Hot-eating Pie, Charcuterie, Young Sausage Maker and Black Pudding.

Judges assessed the entries against strict criteria including appearance, filling, texture, shrinkage, taste and smell. With such a large number of entries, judging stretched over two days with fourteen judges involved in the process.

Rich Summers, judge, commented: “This is the second year that I have been involved in this competition. It is a favourite - it is friendly, professional and it is about showcasing the very best local butchers and producers. We have been really impressed by the standard of the entries this year.”

The catering and hospitality students from Eastleigh College assisted at the competition providing them with invaluable work experience. They helped to store, order and cook entries under the guidance of tutor Greg Cheeseman. The students also had the opportunity to sit with the judges to understand what made a good entry.

James Tumilty, Eastleigh College student, reflected on the competition: “It has been really interesting getting to insight into a new environment. It’s been a really good experience. We’ve worked together as a team to follow instructions. I’ve enjoyed being part of something which helps local farmers and butchers get recognition.”

The competition is sponsored by Lucas Ingredients, Dalziel, AHDB, Rationale, Santa Maria, Danebury Wine, New Forest Spring Water, Mozzo and Eastleigh College.  With judging now complete, entrants must wait until Thursday 1st March when the winners will be announced at the ticketed awards ceremony being held at Rownhams House and Gardens.