Findlays of Portobello becomes new haggis champion

Joe Findlay of Findlays of Portobello claimed the top prize in the Scottish Haggis championship, announced at the Scottish Meat Trade Fair (SMTF) held in Perth last Sunday (12 May).

It has been 25 years since Findlays of Portobello won the Scottish Haggis champion title, and this year, it also came away with the South East Scotland prize.

The all-day event was kicked off with a Meat Skills Competition in the under-22 category, which saw Andrew Peter of Davidsons Specialist Butchers in Inverurie claiming the Young Butcher of the Year award.

In the afternoon, the over-22 category saw Gary Raeburn, of Forbes Raeburn & Sons in Huntly, take the winning price as Butcher of the Year.

The SMTF, hosted by the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders, included a wide range of awards and demonstrations throughout the day, including informative stalls and displays by a multitude of companies.

It welcomed around 500 guests and provided demonstrations by Lucas Ingredients, McDonnells, Dalziel and the Scottish Venison Partnership.

Ian Huntley, also known as the Singing Butcher, performed a song for the audience, with his Frank Sinatra-esque voice that amazed the entire meat fair.

A Diamond Award was presented to Duncan Fraser & Son for its beef, tomato & onion sausage.

The overall winner of the Pork Sausage competition was Tom Courts Quality Foods in Cowdenbeath.