25th ANNUAL CHARITY PORK PIE COMPETITION 2017
TO BE HELD AT THE OLD BRIDGE INN, PRIEST LANE, RIPPONDEN,
WEST YORKSHIRE, HX6 4DF
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
Pie Club History
Perfect pies come up the Valley that’s the verdict of the Pork Pie Appreciation Society.
The Pie Club, which meets every week at The Bridge In Ripponden, has named two Colne Valley
butchers as top pie makers.
Members of The Pie Club, founded in 1984 by eight friends, have given top marks to Golcar butcher Stuart Booth and Knights butchers of Marsden.
Pies are judged on crispness of pastry, well seasoned filling, quantity of jelly and freshness. Some Pie Club members have become such connoisseurs they claim they can tell whether pies are from a baker’s or butcher’s and exactly when they were baked.
Golcar butcher Mr Booth who has a family business well established in James Street, said his secret for a good pie rests with the seasoning. Pies are made daily on the premises and Mr Booth is aware that Pie Club members test his pork pies from time to time.
Marsden butchers A and E Knight of Bridge End have been in the pie making business for 11 years. Robert and Elizabeth Knight make their pies on the premises following a recipe which they believe makes their products popular locally.
Founder member of The Pie Club, Peter Charnley said: “I suppose our organisation is a little eccentric, It’s great fun and avery convivial way of spending a couple of hours over a few beers. It’s a great Yorkshire tradition eating pork pies. We search far and wide but find that the best pies are near home and have earned the best marks so far.”
By SUSAN HAMPSHIRE