The Kings Arms in Lostwithiel has raised £670 for charity by hosting a sausage tasting challenge.
On Monday 24 October the St Austell Brewery pub held the event to find the best Cornish sausage, as a part of the Lostwithiel food festival, LostFeast, which took place from Saturday 22 – Saturday 29 October.
Sausages were donated by 12 Cornish sausage makers and beer for the evening provided by St Austell Brewery.
After much tasting and deliberation, votes were placed and the winning sausage was revealed to be one made by Kings Arms regular Alan Liddicoat.
The event was organised by Kathy and Mick Townsend, landlords of the Kings Arms, following the success of a food and beer matching event held during last year’s LostFeast.
Kathy Townsend said: “The sausage challenge was a really fun night, 60 people came to support the event and everyone enjoyed the evening. I can’t believe that one of our regulars’ sausages was chosen as the winner, against some of Cornwall’s top producers – it wasn’t a fix, honestly!
“I’d just like to say a massive thank you to St Austell Brewery for providing the beer for the evening and to their chefs Mike Easterbrook and Martin Hitchcock for coming down to cook the sausages. I’d also like to thank all the producers for the sausages – their kind donations mean that all money raised can go directly to charity.”
The money raised through ticket sales and a raffle for a Christmas hamper has been donated to the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust, which supports well-known charities, local good causes and individuals in need of a little help.
The Charitable Trust has raised a massive £280,000 since it was started in 2003, and is on target to the reach the £300,000 mark by Christmas.
Money is raised by individual pubs and employees through events such as darts tournaments, sponsored walks and quizzes, plus the annual Celtic Beer Festival in November.
James Staughton, Managing Director of St Austell Brewery added: “We are always impressed by the enthusiasm of our publicans when it comes to raising money for the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust. Kathryn and Michael at the Kings Arms did a fantastic job of organising the sausage challenge, and we were more than happy to support them by providing beer for the event and putting them in touch with the sausage producers. The event was very well attended, and our congratulations go to Alan for being voted the best sausage maker.”
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