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Cornish Food: Hogs Pudding

Where else to start a week of Cornish food reviews but with this, my favourite of all the foods I picked up at the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival – and also the one that had to travel the least distance.

If I picked up the hogs pudding (badly photographed above) I bought on The Market Butcher’s stand I could probably have thrown it and hit the company’s permanent stall in Truro’s Pannier Market, which is just to the side of the Lemon Quay square that was playing host to the festival.

The hogs pudding from said local butcher, the trading name of Roach Fine Foods and run by John Roach, has won awards, as the loudspeaker at the show told me, and it was on offer for the duration of the show. Lord knows I love a bargain.

I’m working on the assumption you all know that hogs pudding is a type of fat sausage. This one was flamin’ gorgeous.

Cornish hogs pudding is a source of pride within the county. Salty and herby it is one of the most moreish substances known to man. I stood watching the Market Butcher’s stand like a foodie voyeur and it was telling.

The stand was giving away cooked slices of hogs pudding (along with some of their excellent bacon). People were coming along, seeing it, trying some, loving it and then going away again. They’d do a circuit of the marquee, squeezing past the thronging crowds, and then make a bee line for the stand again and sweep up another slice of the porcine perfection.

And who could blame them. This was award-winning stuff, just so much taste and a complete contrast to that ersatz crap you get in the supermarket. It only struck me the other day that sausages, hogs pudding and black pudding are nothing but cheap ways to use up the otherwise inedible parts of the pig – making the animal go further.

But with products like this, they are something more. I’d never heard of Truro Pannier Market before I visited at the weekend, nor this butcher. Now, whenever I go to Truro I’m going to make straight for it and order some to steal back across the border into Devon.

If only my maniacal laugh at this point transferred well onto the blog.


Hogs Heaven

Final preparations are underway for the first World Hogs Pudding Championship, which takes place in Cornwall this Sunday

Hosted by The City Inn in Pydar Street, Truro, the event, which aims to celebrate the forgotten West Country sausage, is believed to be the first of its kind.

Established to raise money for the Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, the competition has drawn entries from butchers across Cornwall.

Brian Wick, landlord at the City Inn said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting the first World Hogs Pudding Championship at the City Inn on Sunday.

We’ve got 11 butchers from across Cornwall confirmed with more entries coming in daily.

We’re also hoping to have a representative from the Isles of Scilly here, although we’ve had no entries from Devon so it will be great that the winning Hogs Pudding will definitely be Cornish!”

The winner will be voted for by the public during a blind tasting session which takes place between 1pm to 4pm. The winner will then be announced.

Butchers already confirmed to take part are John Roach from Truro, Cornish Pork Pantry from Grampound Road, John Dower from Stithians, Gara Barton from Bodmin, Cornish Quality Meats from St Austell, Kittows Buchers from Par, Retallick Family Butchers from Helston, Tywardreath Butchers and Pooleys Meat Pantry from Camborne.

Brian added: “We want to get as many people in to the pub tasting the Hogs Pudding and scoring the one they think is the best.

Whoever wins will be a real peoples’ champion.”

The idea to host this unusual event came from the late Dianne Martin, a regular at the City Inn who lost her battle with cancer in December 2008.

Dianne’s husband, Mike, said: “There has been a long association with the City Inn and Hogs Pudding, and Dianne always thought it would be fun to do something different and suggested the idea of a Hogs Pudding competition.

I don’t think she would have ever thought that Brian would go ahead with it, but I think it’s a wonderful idea, and Dianne would be pleased that we are doing it for a good cause.”

The winner of the best Hogs Pudding will have their name engraved on the ‘Dianne Martin Shield’, which will remain in the pub. The winner will also get to take home the ‘Dianne Martin Cup’ and a certificate to display.

Brian added “We plan to make this an annual event, not only is it a bit of fun, but it raises money for a good cause, and we are proud to be apart of that.”