DISCERNING foodies will be dining on smoked trout, leg ham and turkey breast this Christmas.
Albury business Butt’s Gourmet Smokehouse owner Anthony Ainsworth said smoked, whole fish had always been popular while smoked turkey had made a resurgence in Christmas orders this year.
“Whole smoked trout remains very popular this year,” he said.
“Bone out leg hams have sold very well; I think people know us for our trout and hams.
“Smoked turkey has been a hit this year; it’s a delightful sweet meat.”
Mr Ainsworth said buyers valued Butt’s Gourmet Smokehouse’s commitment to not using synthetic nitrates, gluten or fillers.
“The fact there are no E numbers in our products is our point of difference,” Mr Ainsworth said.
“The products are built around the quality of the raw ingredients and our natural, vegetable-based cures.”
Butt’s Gourmet Smokehouse will close to Christmas orders by Friday afternoon but its usual fare – trout, bacon, smoked chicken and pates – will be available from the Albury-Wodonga Farmers’ Market at Gateway Village in Wodonga on Saturday.
Milawa smallgoods supplier Gamze Smokehouse will close its Christmas orders on Sunday.
Gamze products are free-range, gluten-free, hand-crafted, chemical preservative-free and naturally wood-smoked.
Gamze Smokehouse products are available in more than 180 retail outlets and cafes across regional Victoria and NSW, Melbourne and Sydney.