Battle of the pork pies

World Pork Pie championships coming up soon at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden'Pictured are Kevin Booth, Peter Charnley, Stephen Bamford from Inglefield Farm Shop and Mark Travis
World Pork Pie championships coming up soon at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden'Pictured are Kevin Booth, Peter Charnley, Stephen Bamford from Inglefield Farm Shop and Mark Travis

YES, it’s that time of year again.

Calderdale will be going pie crazy as the annual Pork Pie Championship in Ripponden returns for the 19th time.

The contest attracts hundreds of pork pie enthusiasts every year, some coming from as far as America to get a wedge of the action.

Entrants will be fighting for a £100 prize and the coveted title of Champion Pork Pie Maker 2011.

Peter Charnley, organiser and member of the Pork Pie Appreciation Society, said: “Every year we collect at least £2,000 for charity and all the pie makers have a great time.

“It’s a prestigious event in the pork-pie calendar and we are looking forward to another great event.

“The competition gets stiffer every year as the quality of pies keep improving.”

There will be pie and peas at Saturday’s contest in the Old Bridge Inn on Priest Lane and music from The Friendly Brass Band.

A professional pie maker will also be on site to guide people through the pork pie making process.

Landlady Lindsay Eaton-Walker, said: “There’s nothing else like it.

“We have about 50 entrants every year from all over England.

“Everyone is so friendly, it’s very interesting and a great day out.” Money raised from the pie sales and butchers’ entry fees will go to stroke charities in memory of former Pork Pie Appreciation Society member Bob Letvern.

The fun starts at 2.30pm. For more information, visit www.porkpieclub.com