Sausage and Pie Love

Sausage and Pie Love

Hampshire Fare is urging all local butchers and producers to enter their top meaty products into this year’s Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.

The annual contest celebrates all that people love about our county’s talented butchers and will this year be held at Eastleigh College with judging beginning on Valentine’s Day.

All twelve categories are now open for entry via the Hampshire Fare website: Traditional Pork Sausage, Speciality Pork Sausage, Lamb/Beef Sausage, Hampshire Sausage - Hampshire Fare Trophy, Home-Cured Bacon, Meatballs and Faggots, Traditional Pork Pie, Pies – Hot Eating, Pies – Cold Eating, Black Pudding, Hampshire Charcuterie and Young Sausage Maker.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager at Hampshire Fare commented on significant changes to the format: “Taking on board feedback from previous competitions, new rules have been put in place for 2018. These include entrants no longer needing to cook their sausage entries and the awards ceremony being held on a separate day to the judging.

The competition highlights and celebrates the fantastic butchers and producers we have here in Hampshire. It is a chance for people to show their love and appreciation for their local butcher. Encourage your butcher to enter so they can get some well-earned recognition for their efforts and talents.”  

Last year’s competition attracted 201 entries from 38 butchers and producers. The title of Supreme Champion was awarded to LJ Smith Butchers, who went on to represent Hampshire at the Champion of Champions national competition. Pip Smith, owner of LJ Smith Butchers, was delighted by the win: “Achieving this title reinforces our customers’ belief in what we do. It gives them confidence in our commitment to making the best products we can. We have been lucky enough to win this title before and it has helped bolster sales and also keep enthusiasm going in the shop.”

To enter:


  • Download and complete the entry and RSVP form here
  • By 6th Febraury 2018, email the entry and RSVP form to,
    or post it to: Sarah Medley, Hampshire Fare, Rownhams House, SO16 8LS
  • Between 8-10am on 14th Febraury, hand-deliver or courier your entered products to the East Avenue Restaurant at Eastleigh College, Chestnut Avenue, SO50 5FS (ready for the judging on 14th and 15th February)
  • If you RSVP'd, come along to the award ceremony on the evening of 1st March at Rownhams House!

If you have any queries, please phone the Hampshire Fare team on 02380 733830 or email


The competition is made possible through the sponsorship and support of AHDB, Santa MariaMozzo Coffee, Lucas Ingredients, Dalziel and Rational. 

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