Sausage wins gold award

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

It seems the Porirua basin is a car­ni­vore’s par­adise – a month af­ter a Tawa ham was named best in the coun­try, an Els­don-made sausage has won gold in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Pre­ston’s Master Butch­ers’ Turingia Bratwurst, a pars­ley and mar­jo­ram-flavoured pork sausage, came out top in the BBQ/ pre­cooked cat­e­gory in the awards this month.

‘‘It was a great thrill,’’ gen­eral man­ager An­drew Pre­ston says.

The sausages are made in Pre­ston’s Els­don plant and are sold at its three out­lets, in Porirua, Welling­ton city and Palmer­ston North. Pre­ston’s is a fam­ily com­pany which set up shop in Welling­ton in 1904. Mr Pre­ston is a fourth­gen­er­a­tion fam­ily mem­ber in the busi­ness.

The Devro New Zealand Sausage Com­pe­ti­tion is the top in­dus­try awards for bangers, and a win is a great boost for small butcheries like Pre­ston’s, Mr Pre­ston says.

En­trants are mys­teryshopped by com­pe­ti­tion judges, to en­sure the qual­ity is as high in store as on the com­pe­ti­tion ta­ble, he says.

The Turingia Bratwurst was the brain­child of a Ger­man master butcher who worked for Pre­ston’s a few years ago, Mr Pre­ston says. ‘‘It’s not just your run-of-the-mill sausage. It’s got all the tra­di­tional tech­niques. It’s got a really nice flavour to it, a good bite to it, and it’s gluten-free.’’

The sausages won sil­ver last year.

Bril­liant banger: An Els­don­made pork sausage has won gold in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, to the de­light of gen­eral man­ager An­drew Pre­ston.

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