Waikato butchers have scooped up a heap of medals in this year's Great New Zealand Sausage Competition.
The butchery team at New World Te Rapa in Hamilton, had a big reason to celebrate as they took home four medals, with the Lamb Tagine and Te Rapa Pride Pure Pork sausage both taking a silver medal, and the Roast Pork, Apple Sauce and Crackling and Boerewors collecting a bronze.
Chris Nicol, butchery manager at New World Te Rapa, said the team were ecstatic with the results, given their recent success.
"In 2018 we won New Zealand's top sausage with our popular Angus Beef Sausage through to 2019 where we won a gold medal for our Lamb, Truffle and Parmesan sausage."
Nichols said New World Te Rapa was "excited to be awarded the most medals out of any smallgoods manufacturer in New Zealand".
Nichol also said this is "an unbelievable result which cements our place as one of the country's top smallgoods manufacturers".
Pokeno Bacon also did well this year, taking home two medals, a silver for its Frankfurter and bronze for its black pudding.
Pokeno Bacon's Ben Clotworthy was quite chuffed with the medals.
"We're really happy with how the competition turned out. We would have preferred a few more awards, obviously, but we'll take what we got."
A record-breaking 605 entries were received from all over the country from nearly 100 sausage providers across 17 categories in this year's Great New Zealand Sausage Competition.
The 2020 Supreme Award winner was Grey Lynn Butchers in Auckland.
Waikato medal winners this year
New World Te Rapa (most medals awarded in this year's competition)
• Lamb Tagine Sausage – silver
• Te Rapa Pride Pure Pork – silver
• Roast Pork, Apple Sauce and Crackling – bronze
• Boerewors – bronze
Pokeno Bacon Company
• Franks Frankfurter – silver
Black Pudding – bronze
New World Tokoroa
• Prime beef – Silver
New World Rototuna
• Rototuna Delight Boerewors – bronze