Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Give Us Your No.1 Butty; Your Chance to Vote for Top Bacon Sarnie

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Give Us Your No.1 Butty; Your Chance to Vote for Top Bacon Sarnie

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Byline: Jane Hall

STOTTIE cake or white bread? Brown sauce or ketchup? Butter or margarine? On its own or accompanied by an egg? It seems everyone has an opinion on what makes the perfect bacon sandwich.

Now's your chance to tell the world as the hunt officially gets under way today to sniff out the North East's best bacon sarnie.

The Journal has joined forces with Eat! NewcastleGateshead to track down a bacon butty worthy of setting the region's collective taste buds watering - and carry on a long and illustrious North East tradition.

For it seems Northerners have been starting off the day the bacon way for at least 2,000 years.

The smell of sizzling lardum would have been a familiar wake-up call for Roman soldiers stationed on Hadrian's Wall.

But there is evidence that long before the Emperor Claudius's troops finally conquered Britain in AD 43, that the Celts were also crazy about rashers.

It's almost certain that the argument over what makes the perfect bacon butty has been raging just as long.

But the time has come to lay the disagreement to rest.

Today the gloves are off and the challenge is set: to find the North East's ultimate bacon sandwich.

The appropriately named B-Factor aims to track down the region's best bacon bite bar none.

Readers are being urged to make their nominations online from today as The Journal Taste North East England campaign teams up with Eat! NewcastleGateshead to honour those who go that extra mile in creating the perfect bacon sandwich moment.

All you have to do is tell us in 25 words or less what makes you passionate about your favourite bacon butty.

It could be a classic cafe collation, truck stop tucker or even your own homemade homage to what has become an iconic British delicacy that tastes good whatever time of day it's eaten.

Taste and texture will be high on the list of the judging panel's criteria. But special attention will also be given to those who use locally sourced and produced ingredients - in line with the ethos behind The Journal's buy, use, eat local Taste initiative.

While nominations open today, the B-Factor is no April Fool joke. A shortlist will be drawn up ahead of judging by a panel of eminent food lovers at the end of this month.

And the champion butty-maker faces a glittering future as they will be invited to take part in events during the Eat! food and drink festival running across Newcastle and Gateshead between May 2-17.

Simon Preston, festival director of Eat!, said: "Good local food, enjoyed with family and friends, was once central to daily life and we've let that slip quite a bit over the past 30 years.

"Eat! NewcastleGateshead is all about enjoying food and rediscovering how food can make us happy.

"The bacon butty is a British institution; we love them, we talk about them, we argue over them - and have for generations. …

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