Calderdale prepares to mark greatness of Yorkshire Day

Chefs Matthew Benson-Smith and Timothy Bilton, from the Butchers Arms, Hepworth prepare for the Yorkshire Pudding Challenge at the Cooking School, Dean Clough, Halifax.
Chefs Matthew Benson-Smith and Timothy Bilton, from the Butchers Arms, Hepworth prepare for the Yorkshire Pudding Challenge at the Cooking School, Dean Clough, Halifax.
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GET your flat cap at the ready... today is Yorkshire Day.

The day is a celebration of all the things that make the White Rose county great.

Calderdale is joining the party with several events across the region featuring real ales, flat caps and, of course, plenty of Yorkshire puddings.

Shibden Hall is focusing on the traditional route with a day aimed at entertaining families.

The highlight of the day will be Tudor dancing alongside a range of craft activities.

The event of free of charge and ot all gets underway at 1pm today at the hall - the festivities will come to an end at 3pm.

Meanwhile not too far away the Shibden Mill Inn is also immersing itself in the spirit of Yorkshire.

The pub, recently named Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub at the Great Yorkshire Show, will be welcoming families to indulge in a roast dinner - with compulsory Yorkshire puddings.

A flat cap wanging contest wil see the children compete to wang their caps the furthest.

Traditional Yorkshire dishes from throughout history will be on offer as well including Hogget Pie and Shorthorn Beef and Nettle Pudding.

Five traditional Yorkshire real ales will be available on tap specially chosen for the day.

Food will be served from 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 9.30pm but the pub will be open all day for people wanting to toast Yorkshire with a pint and a wang.

The debate over who makes the best Yorkshire puddings is finally going to be decided thanks to The Cooking School at Dean Clough.

Pro chef Tim Bilton, from The Butcher’s Arms, Hepworth, will show how its done byr epresenting West Yorkshire against chefs from the East, South and North before the amateur competition gets underway.

Entries will need to be submitted by September 2 when twenty competitors will chosen to go on to the final to find the best amateur pudding chef.

It is free to enter and you can register at www.thecookingschool.co.uk or call Barbara at the school on 01422 383 192 for more information.