SausageFest 2014 – Another Fab Fram Time!
The Best Sausages:
Our winners were new competitors – Mills and Sons Butchers from Southwold based at The Fireplace in Crown and Anchor Lane. Runners up were new competitors Friends Farm who are on the weekly Saturday Market in Framlingham , and Hall Farm butchers – our Framlingham butchers who have won in previous years.
The awards were presented by Simon Tinkler,manager at Ernest Doe in Framlingham. They are a new venue on the route and can’t wait to have their own producer next year.
The Best Venue:
As voted by our secret shoppers, was The Railway Inn. They’d even made their own chutney for the event to accompany the C&K Meats sausages they were host for.
The Great Day Itself:
The sun shone all day. There were thousands of people doing the trail – best attendance yet and really good reports back from all taking part … it’s been compared to many other festivals and events and we knocked spots off them apparently!
People came from all over the country – many from London, Southend, Colchester, Norwich, York and further afield. Producers were flat out right through from 10am – 3pm when voting closed. Entertainment by Greg Chapman was very popular as was the music from various buskers. There were limo rides round and round non-stop as was the specially branded SausageFest minibus from John Grose.
‘Just a lovely atmosphere’ was what we all kept hearing.
It was wonderful this year to see the number of community groups and businesses around the town that understood the significance of the event and the opportunities it afforded. The direct beneficiaries, Framlingham Sports Club, Castle Community Radio and FAYAP (Framlingham Area Youth Action Partnership) went all out providing either marquees, volunteers or attractions. Thomas Mills High School Young Enterprise team, YENTO used it as their first selling event as they begin their year’s project, Friends of St Michael’s created The Fest Rest and were flat out selling cream teas all day raising funds for their cause. Another independent shop, The Cook Shop, put on some popular BBQ workshops which drew visitors to their store. The Lemon Tree ran a Facebook competition in partnership with SausageFest, castle Inn made a fabulous spicy sausage paella for the day and John Grose donated a vast portion of their forecourt, a SausageFest branded minibus with driver and the hosted producer Bridge Farm of Brandeston. Many others put vouchers online ahead of the day.
For the FBA, it’s very rewarding to see that the effort put in is doubled by its members making the most of the opportunity. Chair of the FBA commented: “I love Framlingham and I want everyone else to discover what makes it so special!”
Think SausageFest really managed that this year.
Thanks again to all.