Scottish Butchers spearhead call for annual National Black Pudding Day
The first National Black Pudding Day will be celebrated next year and Scottish Craft Butchers have earmarked 18th March as the date.
Leading the call is Scotland’s current Black Pudding Champion, butcher Nigel Ovens of McCaskie’s Butchers and Café in Wemyss Bay.
“Black pudding is one of the most important butchers’ traditional staples in Scotland and it has now evolved into a gourmet ingredient in fine dining establishments as well as on our family breakfast tables,” he said.
The Scottish Black Pudding Champion’s call for a national day to recognise the blood sausage has gathered support across Great Britain, with National Craft Butchers adding their weight to next year’s event.
David Gigli, President of the National Craft Butchers, said they were delighted to join in the celebration of black pudding by adopting the national day across the rest of Great Britain.
“We have 500 members in England and Wales who will be encouraged to promote and celebrate this breakfast staple and core craft butcher product,” he said.
It`s only right that the whole of the country should get behind a National Black Pudding Day and turn the spotlight on this great foodstuff. We will be looking at special events and promotions to help make March 18 a special day for black pudding lovers everywhere.”
Scottish Craft Butchers President George Jarron agreed that black pudding was worthy of a dedicated focus by manufacturers, suppliers, cafes, restaurants and customers.
“Scottish Craft Butchers play a huge part in the supply of black pudding to the nation,” he said, “so it’s fitting that we should spearhead the first ever National Black Pudding Day.
“Nigel’s call to action will provide the springboard for people across the country to celebrate the Scottish version of an international favourite and I look forward to seeing what plans we can put in place for the first ever celebration of its kind.”