Pie fans had a mouth-watering treat at the weekend when they flocked to the
annual pork pie competition.
Hundreds of people descended on The Old Bridge Inn in
Ripponden to sample and salivate over some of the country's best pork
And this year there were 50 entries from butchers and bakers from all
over the country. Who battled it out to prove who had the tastiest pie
But it was Huddersfield that brought home the bacon, with previous winner
Hinchliffe's Farm Shop in Netherton scooping top prize.
The 17th annual charity competition, organised by the Pork Pie
Appreciation Society. Attracted pie makers from as far a field as
Southampton, Swansea and Northern Ireland, as well as from all over
It was Yorkshire pie makers that took all of the top four honours,
including Brosters Farm Shop in. Lindley which was placed second. The
other runners up were Bentleys of Pudsey and Wilson's of Leeds.
Local finalists included Huddersfield pie maker Andrew Jones and E&R
Grange Butchers of SlaithWaite.
This year celebrity guest judge. pop mogul Pete Waterman, handed
Hinchliffe's the top award and described the pies as astounding' with a
great taste and subtle flavour,' Owner Simon Haigh said he was delighted
to have scooped the top prize again.
He said: "It's a great honour. Our pies win lots of trade awards but the
Pork Pie Appreciation Society's accolade really means a lot to us and our
Pies are rocketing in popularity because they are good wholesome food at
the right price.
We put a huge amount of care into making our pies not just the I content
hut the finished pie crust itself too.
The day's main attraction was the hundreds of pies being freshly baked
by some of the country's finest.
The entrants had to submit four pies per entry and. were
also invited to donate pies to be sold throughout the day.
Pies and peas were served and there was also an auction of the winning
pies Proceeds from this years competition will he donated to the West
Yorkshire ambulance appeal which works to make travel possible for
disabled, elderly and infirm people.
Stuart Booth. one of the organisers and men of the Pork Pie
Appreciation Society. said this year's event had been a tremendous
He said: "it was an absolutely fabulous day and everyone really enjoyed
it it was also a real coup to have a celebrity like Pete Waterman come
and take part in the judging.
It's always extremely well supported and people come from all over the
country from all walks of life to take part. They enjoy coming because
it has a very good atmosphere people come and have fun with a drink and
Pork Pie Competition
Results of the Annual Charity Pork
Pie Competition held at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden.
1st. Hinchlffes' Farm Shop, Netherton,
2nd. Brosters Farm Shop, Lindley, Huddersfield.
3rd. Bentleys of Pudsey.
4th. Wilsons of Leeds.
Other finalists in no particular order.
Peter Middlemiss, Otley; Andrew
R Grange, Slaithwaite,
Huddersfield, Haigh's Farm Shop, Mirfield, Ingfield
Farm Shop, Southowram, Halifax; Mellors Farm
Thank you for your support, all proceeds this year
to the West Yorkshire Jumbulance appeal.Making
travel possible for disabled, elderly and infirm
people throughout Britain. Tel. 01582
Our celebrity guest judge this year was pop
mogul,train enthusiast and pork pie affecionado