SAUSAGE experts delved into a host of bangers to find the brat-wurst and the best in Hampshire.

A panel of judges from across the UK gathered at Eastleigh College to participate in The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition 2019.

Organised by food group Hampshire Fare, the two-day event received 205 entries from the county’s butchers and pie makers, in 13 categories.

Judges assessed the entries against strict criteria such as appearance, filling, texture, shrinkage, taste and smell.

Chief judge Claire Holland said: “Overall the standard of the entries has definitely risen compared to last year, particularly in the Young Sausage Maker category. Competitions such as this are an invaluable way for butchers to access the expert opinion of experienced and knowledgeable people within the industry.”

The competition is organised to celebrate quality of ingredients and products and those making them.

Tracy Nash, from Hampshire Fayre, said: “Every business that enters this competition benefits so much regardless of what they win. The event shines a bright light on the industry and the hardworking and talented butchers and pie makers that work in it.”

Entrants will find out if they have won on February 20 at an awards ceremony in Winchester.