Out of 10,000 products, Great Taste, the world’s most coveted blind-tasted food awards has ranked our very own Hockey’s Farm as a Great Taste Star 2016.

Hockey’s Farm Shop, a New Forest Marque member, was awarded 2-stars for its British Lop Pork Sausages and another 2-star award for its British Lop Hand of Pork.

The judges particularly enjoyed the “succulent and tender meat” and the “creamy, full of flavour crackling,” on the Hand of Pork. The sausages were equally well received with their “good texture and pork flavours that develop on the palate…meaty sausages with good natural casings.”

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

A stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, they recognise taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is bread, honey, salami or cereal being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1, 2 or 3-star award.

The panel of judges included; TV chef and author, Valentine Warner, MasterChef judge and restaurant critic, Charles Campion, fifth generation baker, Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery, and Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn; food buyers from Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and Waitrose and chefs including, James Golding, chef director of THE PIG Hotels, and Kevin Gratton, chef director of HIX Restaurants.

As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind-tasting by hundreds of judges.

“Since we bought Hockey’s Farm in November 2013, we have all worked tirelessly,” explains Laura Stainton-Burrell who owns the family business with her husband Jonny Burrell and parents Anne and Robin Norris. “We’re now absolutely thrilled with how the farm looks and our host of awards, especially the Great Taste Award recognition for our own British Lop pork. We are firm believers in promoting and supporting local businesses and in the New Forest, we are fortunate to have a wealth of award-winning produce on our doorstep – which we sell in our shop.

Watch the Great Forest Banger in the making

You can watch the Great Forest Banger being made at noon every day of Festival Week at Hockey’s Farm Shop.

There will also be a special Tastes of the Forest Specials Board in their Farmyard Café and they will be serving the classic New Forest Breakfast and also the very English Afternoon Tea – all showcasing New Forest ingredients.

If you love sausages take a look at the other events in The Great Forest Banger theme.