Many congratulations to Dumfries butcher, Stuart Houston, on winning the 2017 Scottish Haggis Championships, which we were delighted to sponsor for the eighth time.
Stuart’s haggis is made to a secret family recipe handed down from his grandfather, Bert “Kiddie” Houston, who set up the family firm J B Houston on the outskirts of Dumfries nearly 70 years ago.
The handmade haggis beat off stiff competition from around 80 butchers from all across Scotland to lift the coveted national title at the Scottish Craft Butcher’s Association’s Scottish Meat Trade Fair, held every two years in Perth.
“This is the title I’ve wanted all my life,” said an emotional Stuart, “and it’s as much for my Grandfather as it is for me. Scottish Haggis Champion is the title every butcher chases. I’m absolutely over the moon – I don’t think I’ll come down from this high for a long, long time.”
The third generation Dumfries butcher is renowned for its handmade traditional haggis – producing around 25 tons each year to meet demand.
Stuart says that only “tiny tweaks” have been made to his Grandfather’s recipe over the years but that today’s product stays true to the original – and remains secret,
“It’s always been a secret recipe,” said Stuart, “but it will be even more secret now. We’ll have to keep it under lock and key!”
We were however delighted when Stuart revealed that our Oatmeal is one of the ingredients!
Stuart’s haggis was judged the South West Scotland regional champion before his entry faced another tasting panel of experts to establish the overall winner.
Head judge Gordon Wallace said the judging process had been robust and intense and said that the new Scottish Haggis Champion was a worthy winner. “It had lovely flavour, great texture and the right balance of ingredients and seasoning throughout,” he said. “It also had a natural casing which added to its appeal.”
Many congratulations to Stuart and his team. We know just how coveted the Scottish Haggis Champion title and trophy are, and we hope it will help them to attract new customers from far and wide who are keen to try Scotland’s best haggis.
And if you can’t get to Dumfries yourself you can order online.