Sadly the Sausage competition cannot go ahead at this year’s event, unfortunately, we are not able to run this part of our usual programme in a Covid safe way. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause and assure the sausages will return in 2022.
Initial judging to find the Chester Food and Drink Festival Sausage Champions 2022 will be held at The University of Chester, Now Food Centre, with 3 finalists in both the best plain Sausage and best flavoured Sausage, to be decided.
A panel of 8 judges led by Chairman and four-time winner Steve Vaughan of Vaughans Butchers and including Izzy Grey of We Love Good Times, sausage expert Michael Muter, Now Food Centre’s Jeff George, Professor Evans and Dee 106.3 presenter Gavin Matthews, will deliberate in a blind tasting over sausages from right across Cheshire and North Wales.
There were two categories, with judges looking to decide from over 30 Sausages who would be the finalists in both the Best Plain Sausage and Best Flavoured Sausage to be judged on the Sunday at the Festival next year.
These six sausages will compete for the title of Sausage of the Festival with the first 40 people who attend the food and drink festival on the Sunday at 11am in the main demo kitchen having the chance to taste and vote for their favourite in each category. This judging decides the Sausages of the Festival.
Once the two division winners have been chosen Steve Vaughan, of Penyfford Butchers, will then choose the Sausage of the Festival and this butcher will go on to represent Cheshire in the National Champion of Champions contest in October.
Festival organiser Stephen Wundke thanked the Now Food Centre for providing such outstanding facilities to allow all the sausages to be cooked in the optimum conditions.
He said: “We have gone to a lot of effort to ensure maximum transparency in this competition with blind voting and a large number of judges to cover all pallets and the Now Food Centre have the best kitchens anywhere in the north west that allowed us to use ovens that provide a ‘fry pan’ cook, evenly to all sausages ensuring the ultimate flavour was sealed in each sausage, it was something very special to see and taste.
“Now the public can help us find our overall winner at next year’s festival and who knows, maybe we will end up with a National Champion again just like Steve Vaughan.”
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