Pork Pie Competition 2008   




ON SATURDAY 13th MAY 2017 AT 2.30PM


Dear Master Pie Maker

On behalf of the Society we invite you to enter the famous 25th Annual Pork Pie contest.

The annual competition is an opportunity for pie makers and enthusiastic pork pie fanciers to get together in the famous Old Bridge Inn to enjoy the fine Yorkshire ale from Timothy Taylor’s Brewery, sample pie and peas, featuring fantastic fresh pies from all over the country.

Twelve finalists will be awarded a Certificate of Commendation and will be featured in the local and regional press. Trophies will be presented to the top THREE places.

To increase your chances of winning, you can have a maximum of 2 entries in the Traditional Pie competition and 2 entries in the Artisan/Speciality section, so why not try different recipes.

Don’t delay, take this opportunity to compete with the best on Saturday 13th May 2017, for the coveted prize of Champion Pork Pie Maker 2017.

Return your completed entry forms and fees to:

The Pork Pie Appreciation Society, c/o Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden,

Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX6 4DF

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Pie Club History

For some it is the crust, others the jelly and more still the meat it seems no one can quite agree on the perfect pork pie. But connoisseurs from far and wide descended on Calderdale for the 16th Annual Charity Master Pork Pie Maker Competition, to give it their best shot.

Hundreds piled in to the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, for the judging and with 47 entrants, the competition was as stiff as the pies crumbly.

Aside from the agony of decision, there were pie making demonstrations, music from Friendly Brass Band and an appearance from Pork Pie Man, the savoury superhero who famously declined a cake at his wedding, opting for a three tiered pie instead.

The event has grown hugely since being dreamed up by the Calderdale based Pork Pie Appreciation Society, with entrants from across the country jostling for the prestigious trophy. Peter Charnley, society secretary, said: “We had humble beginnings but each year it gets more and more popular and each year the competition gets stiffer.” As young and old sampled the savoury treats, opinions were as divided as the dazzling array of pies on show.

Bruce Andrews, 39, a senior judge said: “It has to be fresh, crisp and with the right amount of seasoning. None of your soggy service station pies here.” Senior craftsman and ex judge Alec Fozard, 100, said: “Pies are getting better every year and It is the quality of the meat that makes them.”

While Lucy Parker, a nine year old pupil at Holy Trinity Junior School, Halifax, said: “I like them best with peas.” A decision, however had to be made and after a gruelling day, judges ruled the pies from Allums Butcher of Wakefield, the winners, with Hinchcliffes Netherton, Huddersfield and Brosters Farm Shop of Lindley, Huddersfield, also bringing home the bacon in second and third place.

The event raised more than £2,000 for Calderdale Bird Conservation Group and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


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