Gympie sausage royals
"WE take our sport seriously," a victorious Amanda Stevenson said yesterday, as she and husband Matt enjoyed the thrill of winning a promotion to sausage-making "royalty".
The well-known couple run McIntosh Meats at Southside Town Centre and they are officially kings of sausage making in the Sunshine Coast Burnett region, which takes up a fair portion of south-east Queensland.
"Now we're ready to compete at the Ekka for the state title," a beaming Amanda said yesterday.
"We've sold out already," said Matt of their winning poultry division entry, a chicken, white chocolate and lemon myrtle creation.
But he was able to produce some lookalike snags for the camera, from their shop's impressive range.
The "King" awards are the big prizes in the regional judging. After that come the medals - Gold, Silver and Bronze - and the Stevensons did well there, too.
Barely missing the beef division's Sausage King prize (scoring 114 points, compared to the winner's 115), they took out Gold instead.
They also won Bronze in the Traditional Australian Pork division.
"We came third last year with our chicken sausage, which was the same as this year's winner, but with pistachio nuts. We just left the pistachios out. Sometimes less is more," she said.
Such victories are nothing new for the Stevensons, who won Gold for pork in 2011 and already had won Gold for beef, Silver for lamb and Bronze for beef and poultry in previous years.
But the competitive nature of their "sport" did not prevent them from congratulating a rival.
"Don't forget, Len Shaw from Shaw's Meats (at Centro)," Matt said.
"Len got Bronze for his chicken and macadamia."