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Sizzling Sausages at Countryside Live

If you think you can tell your Gloucestershire Old Spot from your British Saddleback, or even your Hampshire from your Berkshire, then now’s the chance to put your taste buds to the test.

Stewards Peter Brier and Barry Turner tasting sausages at a previous Countryside Live.
Peter Brier and Barry Turner

When Countryside Live opens its doors to the public this weekend, the delicious and distinctive smell of sizzling sausages will fill the air.

Countryside Live, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, takes place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2011 at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Packed with attractions to appeal to all ages, the rural extravaganza is the little sister to the annual Great Yorkshire Show. And this year, visitors are being given the chance to taste sausages from across the Yorkshire region, and then vote for their favourite.

Throughout Saturday, dozens of different varieties will be cooked and served to members of the public as part of the Housewives’ Choice Sausage Competition, with the overall winner being crowned Countryside Live’s top sausage!

Gloucestershire Old Spot pig breeder Andrew Emsley, who runs his own farm shop and visitor centre at Yeadon, Leeds, will be in charge of the competition and says there are various pointers to look out for when choosing the perfect banger!

“Obviously there should be no fat or no gristle in a sausage – that is not acceptable at all. They should also have an even texture. Sometimes flavourings can be too strong, and detract from, rather than enhance the flavour of the meat,” said Mr Emsley.

As well as running the competition, Mr Emsley will be giving visitors the opportunity to taste Yorkshire’s official banger, as endorsed by Welcome to Yorkshire! Prepared according to the recently-approved recipe, Mr Emsley will be serving and selling his homemade Yorkshire sausage at the event.

Countryside Live has an extensive food zone which sure to prove popular with visitors, including stands selling everything from cheese and chutney to cup cakes and chilli oil. There are plenty of deliciouslyorkshire stands who are embracing the autumnal element with warming fruit liquors, pies, homemade preserves and sweet treats ideal for stocking up the winter store cupboard.

For the first time, the Festival of British Fruit will be at the event, where visitors can taste and buy more than 25 different varieties of apple, and help choose the variety they like best.

Elsewhere around the event, the equine classes always prove a draw and equestrian experts Graham and Tina Fletcher will again be searching for a rising young show jumping star! And every family visiting the show will be given a free tree to take home, courtesy of the UK based charity, BTCV.

There are also classes with some of the best cattle and sheep in the country, the Diggerland Experience, have-a-go archery, The Sheep Show, dog agility demonstrations, sheepdog displays with ‘The Mellins’ of TV’s The Dales programme and Ben Potter will again bring his birds of prey.

With 90 per cent of the action taking place indoors, it’s guaranteed to be a hit whatever the weather. For more information go to

link Festival of British Fruit Makes its Debut at Countryside Live
link Strong Entries for Countryside Live 2011
link Rare Opportunity to Buy Heritage Breeds

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