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Summer Event Planning

Summer event planning. Summer event planning is going well for us at Hog Roast Dorset. Our diary is filling up with new events so don’t leave it too late to book your hog roast, BBQ and real ale bar for that special summer event.

Our hog roasts, sausage barbecues and real ale bar are ideal for private parties, wedding parties, anniversary parties, business parties and promotions as well as food festivals, beer festivals and town carnivals across Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

How are you doing with deciding which events you want to attend this year?

Got your diary ready? We may have just the event you’d like to go to.

Start planning your summer event!

Give us another month, some proper cold mornings and evenings and we’re there! Beautiful sunny, barbecue weather is on it’s way! Wishful thinking? Possibly, but I reckon that all this rain has pretty much done everyone’s head in and it’s time for a change, don’t you?

Are you planning a special summer event? Wondering what you need to do? Very simple…go to our contact page, scroll down and fill out the form with the details of your event, what you would like us to do, and click submit. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

We’ve booked some great new summer events and have recently been signed up by the Portsmouth Beer Festival. The beer festival, organised by the fantastic team from Victorious Festival, runs on 16th and 17th May with three sessions. Friday evening, Saturday lunchtime and Saturday evening. The delicious O’Hagan’s Sixpenny IPA Sausage will be on the menu as will the amazing Sixpenny Brewery Jack FM Ale. We’re also working on having a hog roast at each session. Awaiting confirmation on that one!

Bournemouth Air Festival

Summer-event

Very happy to confirm that we will be at two of Bournemouths biggest events. The new Bournemouth Wheels Festival, which is being staged on the Bournemouth seafront over the Bank Holiday weekend, 24th to 26th May.
The other biggie that we are attending for the first time is the world famous Bournemouth Air Festival which is from 28th to 31st August. I just heard today that the Red Arrows will be performing everyday. Lot’s to look forward to!

We’re also in the process of talking to the organising committee of the WoofstockUK Festival to be held at Marnhull, Dorset on 13th September…that should be a lot of fun!! All dog lovers should put that one into their summer event planners. Please follow the link to their website and let all your friends know about it.

Some more summer events for you to consider attending are the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival, The Romsey Show, Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show, Stock Gaylard Oak Fair, Netley Marsh Steam Fair, Winton Carnival and the Victorious Festival.

The summer events I’ve mentioned are all firm family favourites having activities to suit all age groups. It would be fantastic to see you at some or all of the shows!!

Have a great week….

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Buying Sausages Online

Buying Sausages Online – Hi Tony here from Hog Roast Dorset, we started our hog roast business and needed to find a good English sausage to serve with our hog roast and started buying sausages online from O’Hagan’s Sausages.

Here I am, brand new to blogging. Perhaps I ought to start with a bit of background. Who we are and where we’re from. My wife and I have a barbecue business trading out of Christchurch, Dorset.

We left Durban, South Africa and headed for Bournemouth, Dorset, at the beginning of May 1999. Exciting times for us but also very nerve wracking.

We decided to settle in Bournemouth because it is right on the sea and we were told it’s much warmer down here than further north! Bournemouth’s weather sure doesn’t compare with the weather in Durban but then again Durban doesn’t have the New Forest or the Purbecks.

We finally got involved in catering

We finally got involved in catering through working on burger vans at shows and festivals, it was hard work but great fun at the same time. I got to go to Glastonbury Festival several times and boy, was that an experience! But, and it’s a big but, this was all for someone else.

Time for a change

It was time for a change. The next big step on our journey. With loads of encouragement from our new network of friends and aquaintances we took the plunge. It was the start of our own little business.

We bought an old van, which we affectionately call “The Shed”, and all the necessary paraphanelia required to run a barbecue and started buying sausages online. Health and Safety certificates, registrations and all the other admin functions were attended to by Rita. She’s in charge of all the paperwork and does a grand job!

Onwards, upwards and on to sausages…cornerstone of our barbecue business. There’s nothing quite like the smell of sizzling sausages wafting through the air. They sure gets the taste buds going!

Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

After trying several suppliers we were fortunate enough to meet Bill and Liam O’Hagan at the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival and after sharing a few stories and beers we started buying sausages online from O’Hagan’s Sausages. It turned out that Bill and I attended the same school in South Africa, the famous Maritzburg College. On the sporting front Maritzburg College has, over the years produced many fine rugby and cricket players including the current newsmaker, Kevin Pietersen. Little did they know that they had also educated one of the worlds greatest sausage makers!

O’Hagan’s Sausages have been around for many years and have built an incredible reputation for themselves. Bill used to deliver sausages to his friends, neighbours and work colleagues by hand. Nowadays everyone is buying sausages online with a few simple clicks! Bill started the company in Greenwich, London around 25yrs ago. O’Hagan’s Sausages, the worlds first fresh sausage shop received brilliant reviews from celebrity chefs, the press and of course, the public.

O’Hagan’s Sausages pride themselves on producing top quality sausages. Their sausages are made using the freshest local ingredients, have no added preservatives, and use oats instead of bread or rusk as a filler. A great range of gluten free sausages is also produced for customers that have a wheat intolerence or are celiac. You can even start buying sausages online from them.

Why not start buying sausages online from O’Hagan’s Sausages

buying-sausages-onlineTheir sausages can be bought online. Please follow the link on the O’Hagan’s page on our website www.hogroastdorset.co.uk. A word of advice…get some friends or neighbours to order as well so you get free delivery! Why not try buying sausages online.

I’ve had a look around and found that the humble sausage has been around a lot longer than most people think. The earliest reference I could find after a very short search was that in approximately 200BC, Roman soldiers took a sausage recipe from Lucania, an area in the “Heel” of Italy back to Rome. Lucanian Sausages are still made to this day using the same age old recipe. I think that’s incredible! I wonder if they made hotdogs?

In South Africa we prefer to call a barbecue, a braai….it’s a way of life out there. THe world famous South African sausage is called boerewors. The direct translation into English is “farmers sausage” Boerewors was developed many many years ago by Dutch settlers called the Boers. They used to dry the boerewors and pack it into their saddlebags for easy munching whilst out in the veld or grasslands of South Africa. O’Hagan’s Sausages do have boerewors on their sausage menu and very good it is too!

These days O’Hagan’s produce in the region of 160 different types of sausages…wow! The O’Hagan’s range is internationally inspired with recipes from Ireland, Morocco, Argentina, USA, Italy, France, Germany and many other countries!

Hog Roast Dorset

At Hog Roast Dorset we braai O’Hagan’s Sausages over hardwood charcoal fires and serve them in soft, freshly baked rolls with a variety of tangy sauces, pickles, red onion marmalade and a freshly made salsa. Our contact details are on our website www.hogroastdorset.co.uk. Please feel free to contact us and please pass our details on to your friends.

Buying sausages online is just so easy!

Thank you so much.