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Butchers and producers across the county will be excited to learn that the Great Hampshire Sausage, Pie and Ready Meal Competition will return this April!

This popular competition organised by the county food group, Hampshire Fare, provides an opportunity for local butchers to put their very finest products in front of a panel of expert judges.

Producers can enter products in a wide range of categories including traditional pork sausage, meatballs and faggots, black pudding and new for this year, charcuterie.

This very competitive event was last held in 2010 and attracted 200 individual entries from 30 Hampshire butchers and meat farmers. Awards and a trophy are presented in each category and the Supreme Champion of 2013 will be selected from across all the entries.

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This year’s event will be held at the Holiday Inn in Winchester on Tuesday 9 April. Mike Wright, Chairman of Hampshire Fare, is pleased to see the return of the competition:

“Since it was introduced in 2001, this competition has always been extremely popular amongst our county’s butchers, each determined to prove that their products are the best! The competition really highlights the quality and choice available locally through farm shops, independent butchers and at Hampshire Farmers’ Markets. I urge shoppers to encourage their local butcher or farm shop to enter the competition.”

Whilst the event itself is closed to the public, the competition highlights the quality of products made by Hampshire’s independent retail butchers and livestock farmers, and is a reliable guide for where to buy the best. Details of the winners will be published on www.hampshirefare.co.uk after the competition.

More details of the terms and conditions and how to enter will be available on the Hampshire Fare website soon.