Marque member triumphs at Hampshire sausage and pie competition


Published Monday 24 March 2014

A New Forest Marque member’s gourmet sausage has won a prestigious category at The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition 2014.

Witt & Son was declared the New Forest Marque Winner for their rose veal and sweet chilli sausages, beating off stiff competition from several other meat producers.

The category was one of 14 in the competition, organised by county food group Hampshire Fare, sponsored by Dalziel, Lucas Ingredients and BPEX and supported by the New Forest Marque. The competition was held at the Holiday Inn in Winchester in front of a panel of 24 expert judges

There were 196 entries from 29 butchers all hoping to triumph in categories including traditional pork sausage, meatballs and faggots, black pudding and young sausage maker.

Nigel Witt, of Witt & Son in Fordingbridge, has been a member of the New Forest Marque for 10 years and is a regular at farmers’ markets across Hampshire. Nigel sells quality produce including milk from his own Guernsey herd as well as beef and eggs.

Sarah Hunt, New Forest Marque Manager, said: ‘Witt & Son is a worthy winner of this category, they fully deserve to be recognised for their excellent and innovative locally-produced sausages.’

The New Forest Marque local produce scheme currently has over 130 members ranging from producers to restaurants and crafts people. To find out more about New Forest Marque produce and the benefits of buying locally visit


Notes to Photo Editor:

Nigel Witt of Witt & Son, Fordingbridge, was the New Forest Marque Winner at The Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition 2014.

Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest Marque® – a sign of quality

Managed by the New Forest National Park Authority the award scheme was created by New Forest Produce Limited to:

  • give businesses a distinctive 'New Forest' banner under which to sell their goods and services and help customers identify quality New Forest produce
  • encourage people to ‘buy local’ and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food long distances
  • help sustain the New Forest’s local economy by supporting local businesses and employment.

For more information on the New Forest Marque and its members visit

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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