The hunt is on for the best local producers of sausage, pies, bacon and gammon at this year’s English Winter Fair, Stafford, on the weekend of 15-16 November thanks to sponsorship from the British Pig Executive.

Retail butchers and those running rural or farm shops who produce their own products on-site will have the chance to compete for a coveted BPEX Gold, Silver or Bronze award. Product category prizes are renowned for helping champion locally made goods ahead of the hectic year-end sales period.

And there’s just a few days left for producers to place their products with organisers for the competition’s eight categories that include traditional pork sausage, best beef/lamb sausage, traditional pork pie, speciality hot and/or cold eating pies, best home cured bacon and home-cured gammon.

Entries must be lodged with the English Winter Fair’s show secretary, Kate Tomlinson, by 1 November, 2008, by logging on to and clicking on the EWF button on the main menu or calling 01283 820 012.