Pork Pie Championships: When a man is tired of pies he is tired of life

Judges Dave Pearson and Steve James   Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson
Judges Dave Pearson and Steve James Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

Hundreds of people praised all things pie-shaped at the 20th annual Pork Pie Championships.

The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, hosted the contest, organised by the Pork Pie Appreciation Society.

Pork pie championships, The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, Saturday April 14, 2012:'Stuart Booth (Mr Pie Man) & Charlie Chatburn Judging the Pies,'Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

Pork pie championships, The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, Saturday April 14, 2012:'Stuart Booth (Mr Pie Man) & Charlie Chatburn Judging the Pies,'Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

Fifty-eight butchers and bakers entered their finest pies, which were scrutinised by a team of 32 judges over three rounds.

Pie lover Will Akroyd, 26, from Ripponden, summed up the day by saying: “When a man is tired of pies, he is tired of life.”

Organiser Kevin Booth said: “Every pork pie is fresh and made on the day. The standard and quality is so high that each one is a worthy winner.”

Entrants came from all over the country but, as reported in the Courier on Friday, there were no entrants from Halifax.

Pork pie championships, The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, Saturday April 14, 2012:'perks of the job - TV chef Brian Turner tries a pie'Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

Pork pie championships, The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, Saturday April 14, 2012:'perks of the job - TV chef Brian Turner tries a pie'Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

Ingfield Farm Shop, Southowram, was the nearest supplier to submit a pie.

TV chef and restaurateur Brian Turner was the celebrity judge.

He said: “There is a real art to making a pork pie. You need an expert’s touch.

“There is a great danger in obsessing over the look of food but that doesn’t always mean it tastes good.

Pork pie championships, The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, Saturday April 14, 2012:''''Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

Pork pie championships, The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, Saturday April 14, 2012:''''Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

“I’ll be looking at the taste of the pastry, the amount of jelly and the right balance of seasoned meat.

“It needs a nice colour, a bit of fat but not too much, and it should make you say ‘Eee this tastes grand’.”

Revellers tucked in to pie and peas and bid in a charity auction with all proceeds from the event going to the nearby St Bartholomew’s Church.

Friendly Brass Band entertained the crowds, which included The One Show reporter Anita Rani.

Pork pie championships, The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, Saturday April 14, 2012:'Winner Craig Midwood Netherton Butchers Farm Shop'Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

Pork pie championships, The Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, Saturday April 14, 2012:'Winner Craig Midwood Netherton Butchers Farm Shop'Pictures: Gordon Wilkinson

The presenter entered her own creation into the competition which included chilli and garlic.

She said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever made a pork pie.

“I’ve been up all morning and it’s a lot of pressure.”

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