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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

A Delicious aroma filled the air at the 12th annual pork pie competition.

People lined the streets and took in the view at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, as judges tasted and ranked the 46 entries as Elland Silver Youth Band entertained.

Above Brian Turner With The Winner Hinchliffe’s, of Netherton

Peter Charnley, secretary of the Pork Pie Appreciation Society, said the standard had been high.

“They are all very good. What we are look­ing for is fresh meat, a crunchy pas­try and tasty jelly,” he said,

There were three rounds of tasting to whittle down the A contenders to 10 finalists.

Judges Phillip Batley, Peter Charnley and Kevin Booth Enjoy a Pie

Then TV chef Brian Turner and Robert Cockroft, “Yorkshire Post” food Critic and editor of the “Barnsley Chronicle,” helped to pick out the four winners. Brian Turner, who grew up near Leeds, said he was enjoying himself.

“It’s a great event. It’s lovely to hear all these experts talk about pies- they are red hot. “And we don’t get pork pies like this in London,” he said.

Mr Cockroft said he was a pie-lover. “There is a great wealth of English food but people spend their time in bistros and restaurants and forget things like pie and peas, which are cheap, plentiful and tasty,” he said.

The Mayor of Calderdale Geraldine Carter and the chef presented the winners with cups and rosettes.

First place and £100 prize money went to Hinchliffe’s, of Netherton Huddersfield, for the third year running. Wilson’s, of Cross Gates, Leeds, came sec­ond, Shepley Co­op, Huddersfield, came third and Home Fair butchers of Keswick, fourth.

J. P. Cryer, of Ovenden, Halifax, made it into the top 10. Organiser Kevin Booth said the proceeds, which he expected to be more than £1,000, would go to the mayor’s chosen charity, the Fund for Epilepsy, and the Elland Silver Youth Band.


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