National Sausage Week and the Newmarket Sausage!The past week (from the 5th November to 11th November) it has been National Sausage Week. On Tuesday I was in Newmarket, the place of my birth. Tuesday is market day in Newmarket. You still see old guys (getting fewer by the year) who wander in from the Fens and potter about the market. The more eccentric still wear leather gaiters and look as though they have just come off the field or the fen. They often look as though they have been collecting produce; wild fowl, fresh caught eels or fresh dug vegetables.
Stroll just off the market down a side street and you start to come across two local butchers Musk's and Powters. Recently the age old argument of who has the real Newmarket sausage recipe has been slightly resolved between the two. The Newmarket Sausage has now been granted protected status. Three butchers applied for the status the two pictured left and Eric Tennants featured in the video attached to the BBC series. The Wikipedia article on the Sausage gives some information but does need revising. The area is not just Newmarket itself but Dullingham, Woodditton and Kirtling (over the border in Cambridgeshire).
Having wandered down the street to Musks they had an offer to try a sausage in a roll to celebrate their new status. Who has the actual authentic recipe? It is probably lost in time, now probably largely irrelevant as you buy the one like. The sausage Queen Victoria enjoyed is probably subtly different since the Pork used today will not be the same owing to diet and progressive breeding of pigs. If the regional foods of England are to survive PGI status is route.