Two Stewartry firms are celebrating success at the Craft Butcher Awards.
Alan Caldow, boss of J Hall & Sons in Kirkcudbright, won gold for his sliced sausage, gold for his pork and chive sausage then silver for his pork, chilli and leek sausages.
Scott Carson, owner of T H Carson in Dalbeattie, entered their pork, sage, apple and onion sausages; pork, fennel, garlic and chilli sausage; and their pork, ginger and spring onion sausages; and was delighted to learn that they had picked up a gold and two silver awards.
The sausages were submitted for grilling by the experts at an evaluation held at Forth Valley College last month. And the results were revealed at the Craft Butchers regional meeting in Renfrew.
The event, sponsored by McAusland Crawford and the Dalesman Group, attracted an entry of 276 from all over the country.
Jill Bartlett, of The Dalesman Group, said: “Britons ate an extra 25 million sausages over the past year with speciality sausages undoubtedly a key driver in the revival of the great British banger.
“Families are seeking artisan gourmet ingredients as well as healthier options, including low fat and leaner proteins, from their local craft butchers.”
Paul Boyle, president of the Scottish Craft Butchers, added: “All butchers think we make the best products but it is not until you pitch them against others that you find out just how good they really are.
“To win awards in this evaluation is a great honour for the recipients because the standards are high and, by highlighting the best available, this serves as an important signpost for sausage lovers on the quest for the best.”
Presentation Alan Caldow, centre, Tyee Wright, centre left, and John McNally, of J Hall & Sons, receiving the awards from competition sponsors David Langley, left, of Dalesman, and Robert Watson, right, of McAusland Crawford.