Buchan Butcher has ‘champion haggis’

Martin Fraser of Fraser Family Butchers with his award winning haggis
Martin Fraser of Fraser Family Butchers with his award winning haggis

A Mintlaw butcher has claimed the prestigious North of Scotland Champion award at the 2015 Scottish Haggis Championship.

Fraser Family Butchers on the village’s South Street, fended off competition to scoop the regional award.

The contest that is held every second year attracted almost 100 entries which were firstly judged by region, and then the regional champions faced another tasting panel of experts to establish the overall winner.

Fraser Family Butchers Martin Fraser spoke to the Herald about how happy he was to win the award.

He said: “I was delighted when I received the phone call telling me I’d won.

“It was down in Perth so I couldn’t stay for the whole day as I had work up here so the judges phoned me on Monday to let me know.”

Mr Fraser added: “This was the third time I’ve entered the competition, after they choose a winner they usually mention what they like best about it so each time it was just about changing the recipe slightly.

“I’ve always known my haggis was good, the customers always seemed to like it and I’ve never had any complaints.

“It’s good for the reputation of the shop and hopefully we’ll start selling more haggis now.”

Martin also confirmed he would be entering the competition again in two years time .

The 2015 Scottish Haggis Championships were held in the Dewars Centre Perth as part of the Scottish Meat Trade Fair on Sunday 10th May.

The East of Scotland Champion was Tom Courts Quality Meats of Lochgelly and the West of Scotland Champion was Mearns T McCaskie of Wemyss Bay.

South East Scotland Champion was Findlays of Portobello and South West Scotland Champion was Mogerleys, Friars Vennel of Dumfries.

Mearns T McCaskie took the overall award for best Haggis while Tom Courts Quality Meats were reserve champions with Findlays of Portobello coming in third place.