Celebrating sausages

Daily Echo: Celebrating sausages Celebrating sausages

TO CELEBRATE British Sausage Week (31 October – 6 November) New Forest Marque is teaming up with Oakwood Butchers, New Forest Marque Sausage Champion 2010, to bring someone’s favourite sausage recipe to life.

So if you’ve ever dreamed of making up your own unique or wacky sausage flavour, now is your chance to send in your recipe.

Your recipe doesn’t have to be exact but you must put New Forest Marque pork as the main ingredient. The rest is up to you.

The finalists will then have their sausages brought to life by Chris Oakes of Oakwood Butchers in Brockenhurst and the sausages will be judged by Chris and his fellow panellists: Alison Barnes (Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park Authority), Jenna McCulloch (representing the New Forest Marque) and James Golding (Head Chef at The Pig in Brockenhurst).

The winning recipe will then be made into sausages for the winner to take home. They also receive a voucher for ‘bangers and mash’ for a family of four (two adults and two children) at The Drift Inn at Beaulieu Road as well as a New Forest Marque apron and cookbook.

Two runners up will also win a New Forest Marque apron and cookbook.

Jenna McCulloch said: 'British Sausage Week is the perfect way to encourage people to eat local pork. We're really proud of the quality of pork available under the New Forest Marque. The Marque is the only scheme like it in the country. It ensures that a proportion of the ingredients are from the New Forest and that high animal welfare standards have been adhered to.

'We want to encourage people to go their local farmers’ markets and farm shops to buy local meat. This helps support local farmers and cuts down on food miles.

‘We’re looking forward to receiving these recipes and putting them to the test!’ Send your sausage recipes to newforestmarque@newforestnpa.gov.uk by Friday 21 October.

• For more information on the New Forest Marque and who is part of the Marque visit newforestproduce.co.uk.

To purchase the New Forest Marque cookbook ‘More Seasoning’ visit foreststore.co.uk.

To learn more about British Sausage Week visit lovepork.co.uk.

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