Farm shop creates history at butchers showcase
Bolster Moor Farm Shop in Huddersfield has created history by taking the principal honours in the Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition’s two flagship classes.
The shop took both the supreme and the reserve supreme pie titles with its first prize-winning large and small pork pies. The shop then repeated this win in the sausage section with its speciality sausage and thick pork sausages.
The farm shop also won the supreme sausage category last year and the supreme pork pie title in both 2012 and 2013.
Simon Haigh, who runs the business with Andrew Whitman, said: “We’ve certainly worked big time for the competition. It’s been a massive team effort, so it’s a great reward to win all this.”
Bolster Moor’s winning sausage was made from a pork, chilli and cheddar recipe and was described by judges as “the perfect sausage”.
One judge, Glossop Q Guild butcher John Mettrick, said: “I have never tasted a speciality sausage as good as this one.”
The pork used in Bolster Moor’s sausages is all sourced locally. Simon added: “It’s important to us to keep it all local, but also high quality.”
The shop’s reserve supreme champion thick pork sausage now qualifies for the 2017 national Champions of Champions sausage-making competition.
The annual Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils’ highlight was open to all UK independent retail butchers, farm shops and bakers who make products on their own premises. It attracted around 250 entries.
CYBC secretary, Mike Ward, said: “The quality throughout was every bit as good as ever, though Bolster Moor Farm Shop’s clean sweep of the major prizes really is history making. We change and rotate the judges every year and no one knows whose products they are judging and tasting. For them to take all four leading honours is nothing short of remarkable.”
Other winners in the competition included H Hofmann and Sons Butchers, which claimed the title for champion thin pork sausage. It was also runner up for champion thick pork sausage, in which Bolster Moor Farm Shop won.
First time entrant Mike Wormald was named Beef Burger Champion and Martin Thomas Family Butchers was crowned black pudding champion for the second year in a row.
The New Kid on the Block competition class was awarded to Dean Worsnop, of Haggarts Family Butchers, for being the best newcomer butcher from Yorkshire.
For more information visit www.greatyorkscomp.co.uk.