Bride To Be Joanne Says Pie Do!   




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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It will be one of those romantic moments to treasure.

  Newlyweds Stuart and Joanne Booth will tenderly gaze into each others eyes pick up the special wedding cake knife and together plunge it into the three tiers of a 50lb “growler’.

The pair both aficionados of the pork pie will celebrate their nuptials on Saturday with a world first.

They and their 100 guests will not be tucking into an iced fruit cake after the reception. Instead they will be treated to portions of a championship-winning pork pie, lovingly baked in Huddersfield and served, of course, with a spoonful of mushy peas.

The zany idea is set to be a highlight of the wedding of 45-year-old Stuart, a self-employed builder, and 39-year-old Joanne Robinson, a senior home care worker for Kirklees Council.

They are to tie the knot at Huddersfield Register Office and then enjoy a reception at the Pennine Manor Hotel, complete with the three-tier pie.

It is being prepared and baked in a five-hour marathon by Simon Haigh and his team of master butchers and bakers at Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop at Netherton champion pie-makers.

Stuart, of Ripponden, is along-serving member of the Pork Pie Appreciation Society, based at his local, The Old Bridge Inn.

So much so that his wedding has led to this year’s pork pie championships being delayed to April 9.

He said: ‘My brother Kevin is the president of the Society and it was his idea to do something so different.

“Both Jo and I enjoy a good pie and a pint and she happened to mention how much fun it would be to have a pork pie wedding cake. Kevin heard about it and said: ‘Leave it with me’.

“We have mentioned it to many of the guests and they think it’s a great idea. There is a buffet for the reception, but we plan to serve the pie and peas later in the evening.

“We re then heading off on honeymoon to the Lake District and plan a stop off in Keswick, where one of our previous pie champions has a shop.

We know we’ll get a good welcome there.” Both Stuart and Jo have been married previously. Stuart has two sons, Andrew and Christopher.

Simon Haigh, of Hinchliffes, said: “It’s a tough challenge. We don’t think anyone has tried a wedding cake pie before there is a lot of work involved.

“We had a test run and baked a 20lb base pie. It was an ordinary pie, albeit on a large scale, and went down a treat. Let’s hope it goes all right on Friday night when we bake for real”.

by Neil Atkinson News Editor Huddersfield Daily Examiner 15/03/05

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