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Entries sought for 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish

19th January 2015

Dates have been finalised and the search is now on to find the best steaks, the best beef sausages, the best beefburgers and best added value beef products in Northern Ireland and beyond!

And the European Angus Cattle Society, organisers of the prestigious competition which is sponsored by leading animal nutrition company, Devenish, are hopeful of record entries in this year’s event.

“This is the fifth year of the competition and the second year that Devenish has been involved,” explained European Angus Cattle Society Secretary, Harry McGaffin. “The format remains the same with the competition being held in two categories, Under 15 employees and Over 15 employees, with three beef classes – Fillet Steak, Sirloin Steak and Rib-Eye Steak.
“Again we are continuing with our beef sausage categories, both traditional and gourmet, as well as our beefburger category, but we have also introduced a new class this year – an added value beef product category which will take in everything from pies to special recipe dishes that utilise locally produced beef as a major ingredient.”

Once again CAFRE Loughry Campus is the venue for the staging of the competition which involves blind tastings in all classes. Celebrity chef and food writer, Paula McIntyre, has been appointed as this year’s guest judge and she will be responsible for the selection of the overall Supreme Champion Steak.

The steak tasting heats get underway on February 16 with the tasting of the sausages, beefburgers and added value beef products scheduled for March 9.

The winners will be announced at a Special Awards Evening and Dinner which is being held at Bannville House Hotel just outside Banbridge on March 21.

“Once again those entering steaks in the competition will participate in the blind tastings while the judging of the sausages, beefburgers and added value beef products will be undertaken by various  Young Farmers’ Club members along with a new group of  discerning judges,” continued Harry. “The competition is open to anyone involved in the beef industry and food sector, and very importantly, all breeds of cattle.”

The competition has been well supported over the last four years and the European Angus Cattle Society is hopeful that trend will continue.

“It’s a great opportunity for the local industry to showcase the tremendous produce Ireland has to offer and we as a company who work closely with local farmers are absolutely delighted to be involved,” said Devenish Marketing Manager, Simon Caughey.

Competition cost is £15 per entry and entry forms are available from the European Angus Cattle Society, telephone 07715 584 887 or log onto www.europeanangus.co.uk where entry forms are available for download.

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Call for entries: Pictured at the launch of the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish are, from left, Des Brady, CAFRE Loughry Campus, Harry McGaffin, Secretary of the European Angus Cattle Society, Simon Caughey, Marketing Manager, Devenish and Gary Scott, competition chef.

Celebrity chef and food writer, Paula McIntyre, is this year’s guest judge who will be responsible for the selection of the overall Supreme Champion Steak.

Curtain raiser: Entries are now being sought for the 2015 European Angus Steak Tasting Competition sponsored by Devenish. The search is on to find the best steaks, the best beef sausages, the best beefburgers and the best added value beef products in Northern Ireland and beyond.



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