Meaty contest in the battle of the bangers

Butchers will go head to head in a taste test with discerning Yorkshire consumers at a new festival on Saturday.

Andrew and Debbie Keeble of Berryhills Farm with their Heck sausages.

Sausage producers will line up their finest creations to be sampled by members of the public at the first Sausage and Beer Festival at Camp Hill Estate in Kirklington near Bedale from midday, and the best banger, as voted for by visitors, will be hailed the ‘Best Sausage’ in North Yorkshire.

More than a dozen butchers and food firms have signed up for the contest, including pig farmers Andrew and Debbie Keeble, the couple behind Heck sausages and formerly the Debbie & Andrew’s brand which they sold in 2005.

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In a strong field of prize winners, they will be competing against the likes of Highside Butchers of Grewelthorpe and Beavers and Rogers, both of Masham.

Butcher, Mark Cockburn of Cockburn’s of Bedale who is also taking part, said: “It will be a great way to showcase the wonderful produce from our area. I’m also looking forward to challenging Andrew Keeble in the sausage linking competition.”

A selection of locally produced beers will be available to buy and sample, including from Northallerton Brewery and Wensleydale Brewery.

Visitors can also try sausage making and watch a sausage cookery demonstration, with an adventure playground, face painting and a bouncy castle for children. Tickets are £5 for adults and free for under 12s. See