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The Eat Game Awards 2018

The Field - - Contents -

THE in­au­gu­ral eat Game Awards cel­e­brated the very best in game eat­ing, cook­ing and re­tail­ing at Bois­dale of Ca­nary Wharf in Oc­to­ber. The awards – an ini­tia­tive by Taste of Game, James Purdey & Sons and

Bois­dale Restau­rants – gave the gen­eral pub­lic the chance to vote for their favourites and cel­e­brate those who are cut­ting a swathe as the cham­pi­ons of the game world.

Hosts Adam Hen­son, JB Gill, Wil­liam Sitwell, Rose Prince and Mark Hix ex­horted both the ne­ces­sity of and plea­sure in eat­ing game, the lat­ter mes­sage re­in­forced with an elab­o­rate menu that in­cluded many of our game­birds. even the pre-din­ner drinks had a shoot­ing-party flavour, with guests served King’s & Tonic, a zesty con­coc­tion made with the King’s Gin­ger Liqueur.

Such was the level of en­joy­ment that many were in dan­ger of miss­ing the last drive – or, in this case, the last tube. Led by Bois­dale’s owner, Ranald Mac­don­ald, cigars were lit and the whisky emerged as tweedy tales of salmon lost, stags stalked and grouse found drifted over the land of pin­stripe. All the sto­ries had the same end­ing: we love our field­sports and all who par­take must do their ut­most to en­cour­age game con­sump­tion.

ed­i­tor Jonathan Young con­firmed The Field’s long com­mit­ment to the cause by pre­sent­ing the Best Added Value Game Meat Prod­uct award, spon­sored by the mag­a­zine, which went to Truly Trace­able for its ex­cep­tional hand-made veni­son and game pies and sausage rolls.

The suc­cess of the awards makes it likely that this will be­come an an­nual event, so keep an eye open for your lo­cal game cham­pi­ons and en­cour­age them to en­ter.

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