Banger of an award
It has taken 10 years for Avon Rzoska to win over the tastebuds of New Zealand but he's finally done it.
Mr Rzoska, of Avon's Butchery in Glen Innes, won gold for his pure beef sausages in the Devro New Zealand Sausage Competition this month.
The national competition has been running since 1994 and draws entries from around the country.
It is a highlight for butchers and small-goods manufacturers as they vie for their sausages to be named the Supreme Award Winner.
"We put in a few entries and we came up trumps for our beef sausages. The funny thing was I won a silver 10 years ago for the exact same sausage and I haven't changed a thing since then. I guess it's taken me 10 years for their tastebuds to come round," he says.
Mr Rzoska started the family business on Apirana Ave in 1980 and his son and daughter both work with him now.
"It was a proud moment for us when we won the award. It was a follow-on from the award we won last year for our bacon. We believe in giving the public what they want. My daughter and son have both grown up in the industry and they can both make a great sausage so I guess you could say it's in their blood," he says.
He says there's a few special ingredients in the "famous" beef sausages but he's keeping the recipe under wraps.
Out of 450 sausages, Franklin Country Meats won the coveted People's Choice Award.
East And Bays Courier