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Kitson & Sons Butchers wins sausage crown
Published:  02 August, 2017

Northern England-based Kitson & Sons Butchers has been crowned champion sausage maker at this year’s fourth annual Camp Hill Sausage and Beer Festival. (July 21-23) 

The butchery business, which has three shops in North Yorkshire and Cleveland, and is soon to open a brand-new food hall at Crathorne, near Yarm, has taken part in the competition since its inception, but this was the first time they won the top prize.

The event, staged on The Camp Hill Estate at Kirklington, near Bedale, is famed for its real ale, great sausages and live music, and continues to grow in both stature and popularity year on year. Everyone is invited to judge the celebrated sausage tasting competition, with the Heck Silver Cup awaiting the overall victor.

Kitson & Sons Butchers won it with their Five Houses Yorkshire Delight Sausage, a brand-new banger created purposely to mark the impending launch of the company’s new food hall.

The recipe was specially developed by Paul Craddock, a new member of the Kitson & Sons team.

“It’s synonymous with all things great and good in Yorkshire and while the actual recipe is a closely guarded secret we can reveal that the title-winning sausage contains only the best Yorkshire pork, home-made pancetta and other ingredients grown by Paul in his own garden,” explained Kitson & Sons Butchers’ owner Anthony Kitson. “It’s very, very meaty. We’re over the moon that members of the sausage-loving public attending the festival voted for it. It won on taste – simple as that.”

Kitson said the Five Houses Yorkshire Delight Sausage would first go on sale as a bespoke banger at the new Crathorne food hall, with a view to rolling it out later at its three existing shops in High Street, Northallerton, Stephenson Way, Stockton-on-Tees, and North End, Hutton Rudby.

He also revealed that building work has now been completed on the conversion of an existing quadrant farm building at Five Houses Farm, a development that represents by far the biggest investment ever made by Kitson & Sons Butchers.

As well as a state-of-the-art butchery, the new multi-purpose, multi-million pound Five Houses Farm Shop and Kitchen, which is expected to create up to 30 new jobs, also incorporates an on-site café/restaurant. It is on schedule to open early in September.

Kitson & Sons is also appealing for artisan producers across the region to get in touch, as the business is keen to display and sell their products at the new farm shop.

The competition means Kitson & Sons is eligible to enter this year's Champion of Champions event. If you have won a sausage competition between 1 July 2016 and 1 September 2017, you can enter and pit your sausage against the very best in the country. To enter email lara.bacinello@wrbm.com or for more information click here.

Deadline for entries is 25 September.