With World Cup fever starting to grip the nation, a Ditchling butcher is preparing to unveil a range of 32 sausages each one inspired by a country taking part in Brazil.
Gary Knight of the Ditchling Sausage Co has been working since Christmas on the secret recipes which will be unveiled on Saturday June 7 and available throughout the international football contest hosted by FIFA.
“It’s been a case of not only deciding which ingredients best reflect each country’s recipe, but also a case of sourcing the ingredients,” he said.
Among the exotic flavours to be released is the Switzerland sausage with Swiss cheese, cranberries and rubbed sage, herby kangaroo meat in the Australian recipe and the Nigerian with curried goat, spices and chilli.
Gary can be found outside South Downs Nurseries in Hassocks every Saturday and Sunday and will be decorating his stall with flags of all the nations taking part.
Sausage fanatics will have the options of the Algeria sausage featuring garlic, mint cucumber and apricot, lashings of port wine in the Portugal mix, a blend of crayfish and pork in the Ghana sausage, plum and passion fruit in the Honduras and to reflect the Chilean team a mix of llama with chipotle.
“There’s been a lot of interest, people saying ‘I’ve got to try this one, I’ve got to try that one’, and it’s been a real challenge to come up with so many,” Gary said.
“Nobody else could do it, some don’t even have 32 sausages!”
The award winning butcher from Burgess Hill added that among the most weird and wonderful he has created is the Russian hot chilli beef with vodka sausage along with his Australian kangaroo sausage.
He continued: “People have asked me what I’ve done for England.”
“Simple. A traditional sausage with six herbs, a winner and simply the best.”
With the world cup kicking off on June 12 and finishing on July 13, we shall have to wait and see whether the football results reflect the specialist sausage maker’s adventurous recipes.