Battle of the Butchers!

On Saturday 27th November 2010 at the Magherafelt Christmas Food Market, Wattersons Family Butchers was announced the winner of the “Magherafelt’s Best Banger! sausage competition.  The competition comprised for four Magherafelt butchers creating a new festive sausage for the Magherafelt Christmas Food Market. 

Entries included:
Wattersons – Tasty Christmas Cracker
Diamond Meats – Diamond Dazzler
McAtamney’s – Seasonal Sizzler
McAlinden’s – Santa’s Breakfast Banger

Customers had the opportunity to sample and vote for the banger they liked best on the run-up-to and during the Christmas food market.  The competition received over 2000 entrants, each of which was put into a free prize draw to win a luxury meat hamper worth £120.  The lucky winner was Mr Stephen Carlin from Antrim.

The top two sausages, as voted by the public, where then put to a blind taste by three independent judges, Steven Millar from D.A.R.D. Regional Food Programme, Michele Shirlow from Food NI, and the Chairperson of Magherafelt District Council, Cllr. Anne Forde.  The sausages where judged on their taste, texture and Christmas ingredient/theme.  It was an extremely close competition between the four butchers, however Wattersons snatched the title with their Tasty Christmas Cracker.

Charmain Bell from Magherafelt District Council said, “I would like to thank the four participating butchers for their enthusiasm and creativity in partaking in the competition.  Everyone who voted for their favourite sausage certainly seemed to take pleasure in sampling the sausages, which maybe took two are three samples to decide!”

Charmain continued, “I would also like to congratulate Wattersons Family Butchers who won the competition, who I believe is having difficulty keeping the sausages in stock.”

Even if your favourite did not win, you still have the opportunity to purchase your favourite from the participating butchers to add a little something special to your Christmas dinner.