Devro Sausage Linking ChampionshipsGareth Marshall
One of the main attractions at this year`s Trade Fair was the Devro Handlink Challenge! For Devro to organise such an event required lots of planning and assistance – all the meat beforehand was prepped in the PATL individually vacuum bagged into 3.2kg batches, machines and seasoning were supplied by Dalziel Bellshill.
People from the group Scottish Craft Butchers were on hand setting up the Devro stand on Saturday 13th May making sure that we were ready for Sunday`s show!
18 entrants had booked there place to take on the Challenge (3 contestants failed to show), and each entrant would be given 20 minutes of prep time. Once they were happy with their setting they then had 1 minute to fill and link as many sausage as possible; each sausage had to be 4 inches or over burst links would also not be counted.
Mary Fisher (independent adjudicator from FDQ) and Colin Jenkins where the official time keepers having final say on the links counted. Tim Brown of Chorley a previous Guinness World Record holder (60 links) kick started the event with an impressive demonstrating filling 54 links.
The stand attracted a lot of attention. the audience were taking photographs and videos for Facebook and Twitter. All but one of the contestants were gut users.
Members of our little shop had times of 12.30pm – Fraser Collins and 1.30pm – Steven McMillan. Fraser linked 42 in one minute and Steven linked 45 in one minute.
At one point we were looking at a three way tie and a possible link off between our own Steven and two other butchers with 45, but hopes of a link-off were dashed when the victor produced an impressive 70 links in one minute! With the last contestant producing 69 (3 deducted), this put us in third place!
Congrats to all that took place! You can find videos on our attempts on our Facebook page here!