NZ Vegan Sausage Awards winners revealed

NZ Vegan Sausage Awards winners revealed

The fifth annual Vegan Sausage Awards took place on 26th June, and a new category of plant-based meat alternatives was added this year to showcase the many delicious plant-based pastrami and other deli meats made here in Aotearoa.

The Supreme Winner

The Supreme Winner once again was Plan*t with their incredible Spicy Chorizo. The judges agreed it had a “good casing, the outside was crispy, whilst the inside was soft and juicy. Good fat content.”

Sausage and deli meat alternative makers from all over New Zealand entered this year’s awards, and the  judges had a monumental task of choosing the best bangers and delicious deli plant meats.

The judging panel included Jasbir “Jazz” Kaur, multi-award-winning executive chef and trainer and President of the NZ Chef Association Auckland; Plabita Florence, owner and chef of vegetarian restaurant Forest; Chef Fred Wong and celebrity judge, vegan comedian Tom Sainsbury, who has learned  a great deal about what to look for in a sausage from his previous judging duties.

The Judges

“I may not be the best at describing umami and sausage casings but I’m very excited to be giving my opinion,” said Sainsbury, before the judging.

“Vegan sausages are here to stay, they are healthier for you, better for the environment and are a more compassionate way of eating, whilst still enjoying your favourite foods,” Vegan Society Spokesperson Claire Insley said. “With over 8 billion people and rising, the move towards a plant-based economy is ever more pressing. Plant-based sausages are a fun and easy way to look after our planet and our health.”

She said the trend for plant-based foods is continuing and likely to do so for the foreseeable future, as noted in this recent report .

The Vegan Sausage Awardscategory winners are:


WINNER Plan*t- Sage and Onion

RUNNER UP Plan*t- Spicy Chorizo


WINNER Vegetarian Butcher- Spicy Italian

RUNNER UP Plan*t- Spicy Chorizo


WINNER Plan*t- Spicy Chorizo

RUNNER UP Vegie Delights- Hot Dog


WINNER Goodtime Pies Vegan Sausage Roll

RUNNER UP Baker’s Son ‘Dad’s Pie’ – Vegan Sausage Roll


WINNER Vegetarian Butcher- Spicy Italian

RUNNER UP Omahu Rd Deli- Kawakawa


WINNER Plan*t- Spicy Chorizo

RUNNER UP Vegetarian Butcher- Chorizo


WINNER Omahu Rd – NY Style Pastrami

RUNNER UP Vegetarian Butcher- Pastrami


WINNER Witty Tui-Italian Style

RUNNER UP Plan*t- Chick*n

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