Butchers show creative flair when it comes to sausages

Graham Sanderson
Graham Sanderson

Borders butchers surpassed themselves at the Scottish Craft Butchers’ Awards at Carfraemill this week.

James Pringle and Grant Archibald of Hawick, Allan Learmonth of Jedburgh, Greg Foston in Duns, Graham Sanderson in Coldstream, Jenna Douglas in St Boswells and Shaws Fine Meats in Lauder all earned awards in the speciality sausage evaluation.

G & J Sanderson of Coldstream picked up gold awards for their piri piri pork sausages and their pork and haggis ones. Fostone Fine Foods in Duns also took gold for their pork, hickory-smoked black pudding and spiced apple sausages.

The event, organised by the Scottish Craft Butchers and sponsored by Lucas Ingredients, attracted an entry of more than 200 from sausage makers all over Scotland from Orkney to Solway. Judges were drawn from meat industry experts and enthusiastic sausage aficionados.