Butchers from across the county are sharpening their knives ready for this year’s Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.

Organised by county food group, Hampshire Fare, the popular competition returns on February 22 at Winchester’s Holiday Inn.

The last event, held in 2015, attracted an impressive 235 entries from 35 butchers.

This year there are 13 categories to enter; Traditional Pork Sausage, Young Sausage Maker, Speciality Pork Sausage, Home-cured Bacon, Meatballs and Faggots, Traditional Pork Pie, Hampshire Sausage, Lamb/beef Sausage, Hot-eating pies, Black Pudding, Hampshire Charcuterie, Ready Meals and Cold-eating Pies.

Entries are judged by a panel of specialists from across the country, who examine the external and internal appearance,colour, texture and structure, taste and smell, and ease of cutting.

One winner of each category is announced along with a Supreme Champion, Hampshire Fare Award and New Forest Marque Award sponsored by Eric Robinson Solicitors.

Tracy Nash, commercial manager of Hampshire Fare, said: “We urge Hampshire’s butchers to get involved in the Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.

“It is a chance to be noticed for what you do and get some well-deserved publicity. Many of our competition winners have gone on to achieve great things.”

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