The Bank Holiday weekend is over and the dust has settled after the inaugural British Cured Meat Festival, which took place in Borough Market on Sunday 27th May. One crucial part of the day was the final round of judging of the British Cured Meat Awards. An esteemed panel of judges joined the Guild of Fine Foods to taste the shortlisted cured meat treats, which were entered in to the process by artisanal producers from all over the UK. Six awards were up for grabs, with four of those going to individual products in a specific category, plus awards for the producer who had three or more products in the final round (and gained the most points) plus The Steve Lamb Cured Meat Hero Award. Drum roll please…
Best Cured Sausage – Islington Saucisson Sec, Cobble Lane Cured, London
Best Muscle Meat – Air Dried Pork Collar, Trealy Farm Charcuterie, Wales
Best Soft or Spreadable Meat – Pork Rillette, Highland Charcuterie and Smokehouse, Scotland
Best Cooked or Smoked Meat – Yorkshire Frankfurter, Lishman’s of Ilkley, Yorkshire
Producer of the Year – Lishman’s of Ilkley, Yorkshire
The Steve Lamb Cured Meat Hero Award – Mick Whitworth, Editorial Director – Fine Food Digest, Guild of Fine Food
Huge congratulations to the worthy winners and all entrants for the first ever British Cured Meat Awards. All the judges involved throughout the process commented on the incredibly high standard of products across the board. It’s clear that British Cured Meat is going from strength to strength. Now we can’t wait for next year!