Best Bridport Banger Competition

Whether sausage making is your hobby or part of your business this competition is for you!  We are on the hunt for Bridport’s Best Banger!  Our competition is open to anyone who makes their own pork sausages, our 2019 entry form is available by clicking here.

In the UK we love our sausages – in fact five million of us eat them every day! Sausages or ‘Bangers’ as they are affectionately known are big business with 175,000 tonnes of them eaten every year which is worth an amazing £530 million.

“As far as we know sausages were brought to Britain by the Romans, and have been made by Balsons Butchers in Bridport since the business started in 1535” said Richard Balson.  “They became known as bangers during the Second World War because they were so filled with water they exploded in the pan when being cooked, this was why it was advised to prick sausages before cooking them… these days this is not necessary as a good quality sausages will contain at least 80% of meat, the remainder will be cereal and seasoning”.  According to Richard, the best way to cook a sausage is slowly in a frying pan.

The Melplash Agricultural Society competition will recognise local farmers and butchers who deliver from field to fork, with provenance and traceability guaranteed throughout every step of the supply process.  Whether sausage making is your hobby or part of your business this is a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition.

2018 Results

Traditional Pork Sausage Class
1st  Colyton Butchers, Colyton, Devon
2nd – Bellair Haye Pork, Felicity’s Farm Shop, Morecombelake, Dorset
3rd  R J Balson & Sons, Bridport, Dorset
Speciality Sausage Class
1st Colyton Butchers, Colyton, Devon
2nd Peter Treble, Westbourne, Dorset
3rd  The Chubb Family Farm, Bridport, Dorset