A FOOD group is on the hunt for the best butchers and producers for a county-wide event in February.

The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition, run by Hampshire Fare, will see judges adjudicate over 12 separate categories.

The categories include: Traditional Pork Sausage, Hampshire Sausage, Young Sausage Maker, Speciality Sausage, Charcuterie, Hot-Eating Pie, Meatballs and Faggotts, and Cold-Eating Pie.

Entries will be marked against strict criteria including texture and flavour.

Commercial manager of Hampshire Fare, Tracy Nash, said: “The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition is a unique opportunity for all local butchers and producers.

“The event puts the spotlight on our county’s butchers with lots of interest from local and national media. Through highlighting the best local products we aim to encourage people to make shopping at their local butchers a regular event.”

Entry forms need to be completed by January 31 and returned to Hampshire Fare, and are available from hampshirefare.co.uk.

Products for judging will need to be given to Eastleigh College on February 5.