Search for magic sausage

Butchers, supermarkets and sausage manufacturers are being urged to pull their best pork sausages out of the hat in the hunt for the country's most “magical” banger.

The BPEX competition marks the return of British Sausage Week, which will take place from from 2-8 November 2009.

Winners will receive the Banger award and framed certificate, along with a £150 cheque to be donated to a charity of their choice or the British Sausage Week charity – The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Judging will take place in mid-September by a panel of industry experts and food journalists. The winner will then be announced by the mystery celebrity of British Sausage Week 2009 at the start of the British Sausage Week ‘Magical Mystery’ tour in London on 2 November.

Competition organiser and BPEX butchery and product development manager Keith Fisher said: “British Sausage Week is all about highlighting the quality and variety of sausages that continue to captivate the nation’s taste buds year after year.

“It is a fantastic platform for retailers and manufacturers to use to promote their own selection of spell-binding, quality pork sausages and they stand to benefit from increased customer awareness and demand as a result.

“The Magical Banger competition adds an extra dimension to the Week and is open to all independent and multiple retailers, and sausage manufacturers that supply them.”

To take part in the competition, entrants must submit a pork-based sausage and complete an entry form, describing what makes their banger so magical in 50 words or less, by 4 September.

BPEX will then confirm receipt of the entry and provide further information about the samples required for judging in September.

Competition entry forms are available to download from www.britishsausageweek.com. Alternatively, call the competition hotline on 07503 871179 or email info@britishsausageweek.co.uk.