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Butchers go head-to-head to create best banger

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Jonathan Wise is hoping his sausages will scoop the top prize. Picture Mecha Morton.
Jonathan Wise is hoping his sausages will scoop the top prize. Picture Mecha Morton.

Most of us have sizzled a few sausages in our time, but a competition at a Norfolk pub will determine which is the best banger in the area.

Twelve butchers from the Waveney Valley will go head-to-head at the Burston Crown on Sunday, August 26, as part of the Big 5 family fun day.

Previous winners WH Brown of Diss and Banham Butchers will be two competitors in the running to be crowned champion of the Waveney Sausage Contest.

The winner will be awarded the coveted title of Waveney Valley Sausage of the Year and find their sausages on the Burston Crown’s menu.

“I’m a bit nervous for this year’s competition,” said Jonathan Wise, owner of Banham Butchers and last year’s champion.

“There is real competition and you never know what the other butcher may pull out of the hat.

“But I’m excited to take part again. Winning last year did wonders for my business – our sausage rolls have never been so popular.”

Mr Wise will be entering two sausages this year – his winning red onion, sage and black pepper sausage, and a red tomato contender.

The winner of the competition is decided by public vote, meaning visitors to the pub on the day get to taste the sausages. It is all part of the family fun day, which will also feature a beer festival showcasing German beers and local ciders.

There will also be barbecue, free children’s entertainment provided by Imps Creativity from Diss, a fun dog contest, as well as live music from Impilo supported by DJ Dr Shakey.

“Big 5 is always a wonderful day with lots to do for children and adults, a real family day out,” said Bev Kembery, owner of the Burston Crown.

“We always try to support the local community and the sausage competition showcases the best in local artisan butchers who we know gain in sales as a result”.

The free-to-enter event also aims to raise funds for mental health support for young people.

The Big 5 family fun day will start at midday and run into the evening.

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