Fans of flavour submitted dozens of entries to this year’s sausage recipe competition run by The Butchers at Dart’s Farm, with the winning entrant of three shortlisted recipes announced at this year’s Exeter Food Festival earlier in May.

There was an air ambulance related winner this year, with Stuart Elms, Clinical Director at Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, taking the top spot.

Stuart’s ‘Love DAAT Banger’ recipe, comprising prime pork, thick-cut marmalade, and seasoned with cracked black pepper, was the undisputed winner of the public vote at the Exeter Food & Drink Festival.

Stuart’s prize was a year’s supply of The Butchers at Darts Farm sausages, some of which he has generously donated to Devon Air Ambulance staff. Of his win, Stuart said:

It was great fun to support our friends and colleagues at  DAAT with this great sausage competition. I was stunned and very happy to win; the sausages are amazing so a big thank you to The Butchers at Dart’s Farm for sending me some and I’m over the moon to be able to share this win with all the team at DAAT, which provides amazing care for the people of Devon and beyond and definitely deserve some of these amazing sausages!

Last year’s sausage recipe competition raised an incredible £2,180 for Devon Air Ambulance, which was also officially presented at the Festival. Devon Air Ambulance Fundraising and Communications Director, Caroline Creer said:

The competition was again very popular. Thank you to everyone who took part; there were so many great ideas and flavour combinations. We also wanted to thank Alastair, Phil, Becky and all at The Butchers at Darts Farm and Darts Farm for their continued support, plus our fantastic judges.

Alastair David on behalf of The Butchers at Darts Farm expressed his enthusiastic support:

We are proud to support the Devon Air Ambulance. It was great to get visitors of the Food Festival involved in choosing the winning flavour this time. The ‘Love DAAT’ Sausage’ was a huge hit and we are sure will prove very popular with our customers in store.

Customers in search of the winning sausages can pop into Darts Farm and buy some of Stuart’s ‘Love DAAT Sausages' from The Butchers at Darts Farm. They are also available at Fermoys in Newton Abbot.

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Banner photograph (from left to right): Caroline Creer, Fundraising and Communications Director at Devon Air Ambulance; James Dart, Co-Owner of Darts Farm; David FitzGerald, BBC Radio Devon Presenter; Alastair David, Master Butcher at The Butchers at Darts Farm; Michael Caines MBE, Head Chef at Gidleigh Park. The cheque for the sums raised from the sale of last year's winning sausage is presented to Caroline on behalf od Devon Air Ambulance.