It’s official: Top vegan bangers announced

by | Jun 20, 2022 | News

The hard work of judging has been done and the deliberations of the annual Vegan Sausage Awards have now been announced — with Plan*t Sage and Onion declared this year’s Supreme Winner.

The awards are in their forth year, and were hosted byThe Butcher’s Son. Judges included the celebrity vegan news anchor Mike McRoberts. There were 40 entries from which to chose the winners.

Of this year’s Supreme Winner, McRoberts said the Plan*t Sage and Onion had “an edge, a level of sophistication. It can be be eaten in many different ways: Breakfast, BBQ etc. The sage flavour and the sweetness of onion makes it a joy!”

Plan*t sausages are part of the hemp-based range from the New Zealand company Sustainable Foods. Products are based on the field-to-plate concept, the products are made with sustainably-sourced local ingredients.

New Zealand is a front runner in the global charge towards excellent plant based foods, ranking forth in the world for Google search results about vegan. There is a growing range of vegan products available in in stores with supermarkets reporting increased sales of plant-based food products.Vegan sausages are a popular choice, sometimes described as a gateway to plant-based foods.

The annual Vegan Sausage Awards are coordinated by the Vegan Society Aotearoa New Zealand Te Rōpū Whēkana o Aotearoa. In addition to Mike McRoberts, this year’s award judges were Aaron Pucci, Food and Beverage Industry award judge, Jasbir Kaur, President of NZ Chef Association, Auckland, Augustine Kopa, Pasifika Cookalong Chef.

Results

Supreme Winner

Plan*t – Sage and Onion
Comments
“This sausage had an edge, a level of sophistication. It can be be eaten in many different ways; Breakfast, BBQ etc. The Sage flavour and the sweetness of onion makes it a joy!”

Sausage Roll

First Equal
Richoux Patisserie –Vegan Sausage Roll
and
Goodtime Pie – Chorizo Sausage Roll
Judges’ comments
“Both did an amazing job and were a very close comparison. Great texture and flavour to both. Pastry was good, brilliant appearance.”

Chorizo

Winner
Plan*t – Chorizo
Judges’ comments
“A good level of spice, attractive colour, nice level of paprika. A level of sophistication. Good oilyness”.

Runner Up
The Vegetarian Butcher – Chorizo
Judges’ comments
“Hearty chorizo, with good bite. Great flavours- punch. Flavour changes with cooking”.

Banger

Winner
Plan*t – Sage and Onion
Judges’ Comments
“Captures sage flavour and sweetness. Onion coming through great in places. Good caramelisation of skin when cooked. Good texture when uncooked”.

Runner Up
Plan*t – Chorizo
Judges’ comments
“Good casing, texture, consistency, flavour of paprika. Could have more red colour”.

Breakfast Sausage

Winner
Plan*t – Sage and Onion
Judges’ Comments
“Ideal for bratfort, ideal with potato, roast tomato. Good flavour of sage and texture for breakfast”.

Runner Up
Plan*t – Chorizo
Judges’ comments
“Good colour but could be stronger. Good looking with caramelisation of casing gives wow factor. Paprika flavours good with baked beans. Good level of spice for breakfast”.

Speciality Sausage

Winner
Grater Goods – Pepperoni
Judges’ Comments
Good fennel flavour, good pepperoni, chilli and texture”.

Runner Up
Vegetarian Butcher – Spicy Italian
Judges’ comments
“Good intensity, not chewy, not too salty. Balanced seasoning. Enough chilli to keep it interesting”.

Hot Dog

Judges said “It was a good competition between both! Both would have meat eaters fooled; Meat eaters won’t find out!”

Winner
Bean Supreme – Classic Hot Dog
Judges’ Comments
“Good flavour and colour. It outdid the traditional hot dog. Had an edge“.

Runner Up
Howler Hot Dogs – Mini Hot Dogs
Judges’ comments
“Great for kids party. Good size! Meat eaters would never know!”.

 

The Vegan Society of Aotearoa New Zealand is a national charity that encourages and supports vegans and vegan options.

 

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