Local butchers will be putting their best meat forward this weekend in the hope to be crowned the Meat King or Queen of the Wide Bay.
The (Queensland) Australian Meat Industry Council’s annual Wide Bay Region Sausage King, Best Butchers Burger and Smallgoods Competition will be held at the Burnett Bowls Club on Sunday 19 June.
State Manager Roger Desaily said the competition had been going for more than 20 years and attracted several hundred entries across each region hosting the event.
“The Wide Bay region is always a hotly contested event and a sure sign that regional Queensland AMIC member butchers see the value of being part of this iconic competition,” he said.
The event consists of six sausage, two burger and six smallgoods categories.
Competitions are held throughout Queensland, starting in March and running through to October, when regional winners progress to the state finals to determine which butchers are truly entitled to wear the crown for best sausage, best burger and best smallgoods in Queensland.
Local butchers put meat on show in 2022 competition
Roger said this Sunday was shaping up to be a great event with nine local butchers so far signed up for the Wide Bay competition.
“Entries will be judged on the uncooked and cooked appearance of the product in various categories,” he said.
“The entries will then be taste-tested for flavour and texture amongst other measurements, with points awarded for presentation of the product and the creative new recipes that the butchers come up with each and every year.”
Local butchers vie for regional title
Bargara Meats were the proud winners of the 2021 Regional Sausage King Competition for both poultry and traditional Australian beef, and the Regional Smallgoods Competition for their pre-cooked scalded sausage, their leg ham on the bone and their kabana.
Owner Dan Sauer said he was hoping to come away with some good news again this year.
“We are definitely hoping to come away with a place, I think everyone hopes they will win,” he said.
“It's a great event to be involved in because there are plenty of benefits, including being able to say that you are the Sausage King for 2022!”
When it comes to what makes a winner, Dan said it was all about using those fresh ingredients.
“It's definitely about fresh ingredients and a lot of love.” he said.
The Wide Bay Region event judging will kick off from 9.30 am on Sunday 19 June at the Burnett Bowls Club.
Winner awards and presentations will be held from 2.30 pm with celebrity judges and local industry leaders and AMIC meat industry sponsors and partners participating across the day.