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How big is your Boerewors?

Namibia’s best boerewors maker will drive away this sparkling new Toyota Hilux bakkie as the grand prize. Even more enticing, the winning recipe will be used by Shoprite and Checkers for the whole group’s Namibian Champion Boerewors as from next year. It will be sold countrywide.

Not only will the champion boerewors maker win a shining new Hilux bakkie, his or her winning recipe will open a whole future of opportunities as retailers Shoprite and Checkers will adopt it as their in-house boerewors recipe branded as Namibian Champion Boerewors.

This special boerewors will be sold at all Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets across Namibia.
Announcing the annual champion boerewors competition last week, Shoprite and Checkers advised that the regional round of the 2015 Shoprite and Checkers Namibian Champion Boerewors Competition kicks off on Saturday morning 08 August at Affies Park at the Wanderers Sport Grounds. “The whole-day event promises to be an exciting day for everyone present, competitors and spectators alike.”
The retailers said all the best boerewors makers have been rallied to enter this year’s Shoprite and Checkers Namibian Champion Boerewors competition. In anticipation of the final outcome, local braaiers are already speculating about the results of the elimination rounds. A Namibian braai without boerewors is as bland as a brandy and Coke, without brandy. And every Namibian believes he or she is a boerewors expert so the competition is expected to be fierce with lots of opinion going up in braai smoke.
“At this time the organisers and the boerewors competition judges are gearing up to see the best boerewors legends in the country compete against each other for a place on the national boerewors throne.”
The qualifier round starts with every competitor presenting raw and cooked samples of his or her d homemade boerewors to the panel of judges comprising nine of the most respected food experts from the Namibian Chefs Association.
The judges will measures each boerewors against the other competing entries on various points, including its meat content and the use of spices, the texture of the sausage and what it tastes like, raw and braaied. After careful consideration, the best are chosen.
Along with the excitement of the actual boerewors judging, Shoprite and Checkers also went out of their way to ensure that everyone can have a great time with a DJ and music to entertain the crowd, a mechanical bull for all the boerie-braves, jumping castles for all the little legends and a beer tent to ensure that every spectator can enjoy a cold beverage and a few boerewors rolls during the competition.
To top it all of, later in the afternoon, while the smell of boerewors still lingers over Pioneers Park, the judges will announce the 10 finalists that will compete at the Hart van Windhoek music festival in September. The Shoprite and Checkers Namibian Champion Boerewors Competition was established in 2009 and takes place between March and July every year. The competition offers boerewors makers an opportunity to benchmark their recipes against the best of the best. The competition is currently in its 7th year and has again managed to attract a record number of entries.

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