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High Steaks at European Angus tasting competition

27th February 2012

The quality of Northern Ireland beef has once again been put to the test with the staging of the 2012 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition.

Staged at CAFRE, Loughry Campus this was the second year of the event which aims to find the best Fillet steak, Sirloin steak and Rib-eye steak in Northern Ireland.

Open to farmers, butchers, retailers and processors the competition this year has been divided into two sections as due to popular demand the European Angus Cattle Society has added beef sausage, gourmet sausage and vegetable roll categories to this year’s event.

“The blind tasting of the steaks has already taken place with representatives of the various competitors involved in the heat tests, which were overseen by Canal Court Hotel chef, Gary Scott,” explained Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin.“The second stage of the competition will now take place on Monday the 12th of March, again at Loughry, when members of Cookstown, Rathfriland and Killinchy Young Farmers Clubs will be on hand to blind taste the sausage and vegetable roll entries while celebrity judge, Gary Hamilton, player manager of Glenavon Football Club, will then deliver his verdict on each of the finalists in all steak categories.”

Again this year the format remained the same with the competition being held in two categories - entrants with under 15 employees and those with over 15 employees.

Also similar to last year’s event, the participants and indeed the public, will have to remain on tender-hooks with regard to whose products come out on top as the results are to be revealed at a special Charity Awards Night being held at Tandragee Golf Club on Friday the 30th of March.

“We are absolutely delighted with the level of competition entries in this year’s event,” continued Harry. “Entries were up by more than 300% in the Steak Tasting Competition and there was also a tremendous response in the sausage and vegetable roll categories.

“The competition is open to producers of all breeds of cattle and I think that is what makes it special.”
Tickets are already on sale for the Charity Gala Dinner and Awards presentation evening priced at £20.  A four course dinner and entertainment is being provided and on the night an auction and raffle will also be held in aid of the European Angus Cattle Society’s chosen charity, the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit Fund. (NICCUF).

“We managed to raise a total of £1,205 for NICCUF at last year’s Dinner and we are hoping to improve on that this year,” added Harry.

Steak Tasting Competition 2012

Participants and officials at the recent Steak Tasting competition organised by the European Angus Cattle Society and staged at CAFRE, Loughry Campus.
Raising the steaks at this year’s European Angus Steak Tasting Competition are, from left, Pat McTeague, and Hazel Boyd, CAFRE, Harry McGaffin, European Angus Cattle Society,  Gary Scott from the Canal Court Hotel, the Competition Chef, Dessie Brady and Aiden Fox, CAFRE.
Steaks ready for judging.
Competitors pictured at the 2012 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition 2012, from left to right, Stephen Millar, Millar Meats, John Sayers, representing Glenock Simmentals, John Carson, Dunbia, William Topping, Topping Meats, Jenny Frazer, Bruces Hill Farm Shop, Clayton Moore, M & W Meats and Hamilton Carnduff, H & J Carnduff Butchers.
Representatives of entrants at this year’s European Angus Steak Tasting Competition, from left, Richard Robinson, Cloughbane Farm Shop, Jim Hannan, Hannan Meats, John Neely, Lynas Food Services, Colin Longstaff, Bruces Hill Farm Shop, George McCartney, McCartney’s Butchers, David Hunter, Maze Meats and Nigel Logan, Hillstown Farm Shop.
Competitors in attendance at the 2012 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition, from left, John Carnduff, H & J Carnduff Butchers, Dean Irwin, Greenmount Farm Shop, Kyle Anderson, Foyle Food Group, Gemma Jennings and Duane Kille, Kettyle Irish Foods, Philip Gribbon and Karl Wilson of Fred Elliott's Butchers and Noel Angus, Angus Farm Shops.
Steak tasting in progress at the 2012 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition.
Marking up the results in the 2012 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition are, from left, Dean Irwin, Greenmount Farm Shop, Kyle Anderson, Foyle Food Group, Duane Kille and Gemma Jennings, Kettyle Irish Foods.

 

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