Blackgate Sausage wins National Award to Celebrate UK Sausage Week
October 2017

Booker Blackgate British Pork & Kentish Cider Apple Sausage made by Finnebrogue Artisan has been given a national award to celebrate UK Sausage Week, which runs from 30th October to 5th November. The banger won in the Northern Ireland: Innovative category and Finnebrogue received its trophy from antiques expert, TV presenter and UK Sausage Ambassador Eric Knowles at a special celebratory lunch at Plaisterers Hall in London to launch UK Sausage Week 2017. A total of 27 best banger accolades were handed out to winners of the UK Sausage Awards 2017. UK Sausage Week is an annual week-long celebration, showcasing the best of British bangers.

Jo Discombe, Finnebrogue Business Development Director, said: “Finnebrogue Artisan has always been proud to support British Sausage Week and we are absolutely delighted to have won the Northern Ireland Innovation category with our customer Booker, highlighting our core business value of always making our food absolutely the best it can be and Booker’s vision for their Blackgate Signature range has allowed us to work seamlessly in partnership on new ideas.”

Eric Knowles said he was delighted to be involved with UK Sausage Week: “People often say to me, ‘I don’t know much about art but I know what I like!’ The same could be said about me and sausages. I wouldn’t claim to be a sausage expert but I certainly know a good one when I’m eating it.”

The search to find the best UK sausages set off with sizzling success when over 400 different bangers arrived at The Regional Food Academy at Harper Adams University for two days of judging in the run up to UK Sausage Week. The sausages were assessed in their raw state and cooked by professional home economists, according to the maker’s instructions. They were then judged by some of the UK’s most experienced experts, including Ladies in Pigs, all under the watchful eye of head judge and UK Sausage Week’s supremo ‘Sausageologist’ Keith Fisher.