TWO BUTCHERS operating in the Ashbourne area have been nominated for awards for their speciality sausages

Ivan’s Family Butchers, in Shaw Croft, and The Hairy Cow Butcher’s Shop, in Main Road, Brailsford, have both been put forward in a regional contest.

A total of eight butchers from the East Midlands have entered their bangers in a bid to be named the East Midland’s King of the Sizzle.

The results will be announced during British Sausage Week, which starts on November 3, when The British Sausage Appreciation Society will be travelling up and down the country with legendary cricket umpire and national treasure Dickie Bird MBE.

The winning butchers will be placed on the first official British Sausage Week Map and receive a Banger Award.

Ivan’s manager Mark Caple as won accolades before, but this is the first time he has been recognised by The British Sausage Appreciation Society.

Two of his bangers have been put forward – The Pork, Spring Onion and Ginger Sausage, and his Pork and Leek Sausage.

Mr Caple believes the secret is putting quality ingredients in from the start. He said: “The best compliment I’ve had is that one customer said her grandchildren preferred our sausages to chocolate.”

Adrian Chadwick, who runs The Hairy Cow Butcher’s Shop, has had his Brailsford Sausage put forward. The banger is a speciality created breakfast product made from locally produced ingredients, including home grown organic tomatoes, Derbyshire oatcakes and Hartington cheese, complemented with a hint of black pudding.

Mr Chadwick explained to The News Telegraph that it was ‘very nice’ to be entered for the first time. He said: “All the meat is locally reared and we do 12 to 15 different varieties. It’s interesting that a lot of our customers don’t seem to have been affected by the credit crunch as the sausage sales are still doing very well. People obviously start looking for cheaper meals, but it just goes to show that people still want quality.”

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Both butchers have been asked to attend the final at the Merchant Restaurant in Nottingham on November 5, during British Sausage Week.

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