Tuck into these tasty contests

Dock Pudding Championships at Mytholmroyd Community Centre cancelled.'Organiser Julie Wilby, left, and reigning champion Jenny Whitehouse.
Dock Pudding Championships at Mytholmroyd Community Centre cancelled.'Organiser Julie Wilby, left, and reigning champion Jenny Whitehouse.

Food fanatics can get your teeth into two culinary competitions in Calderdale this month.

The World Dock Pudding Championships take place on April 14 and a charity pork pie competition will be held on April 20.

Dock pudding is traditionally made with sweet dock leaves, onions, oatmeal and nettles and is usually served with bacon and eggs.

Cooks from all over the world will be competing for cash prizes and the Halifax Courier cup at the event at Mytholmroyd Community Centre from 1.30pm on Sunday, April 14.

One of the event organisers and assistant manager at the community centre Debbie Robinson said: ““It’s important that the event keeps going because of its heritage for the area.

“It’s a really good day and a really popular event and we need to keep old traditions like this going.”

Another popular contest, now in its 21st year, is the Pork Pie Appreciation Society’s pork pie competition, which will be ehdl at the Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden, from 2.30pm.

Entries have been received from across the country, while this year sees the introduction of an Atrisan Class, for butchers who produce extra special pork pies.

The Friendly Brass Band will be playing throughout the day, while pie and peas will be served from noon.

All proceeds from the day will be donated to charity and there will be a charity auction of items donated by local businesses.

Members of the public will also be able to judge the entries on appearance, and the nearest to the judges results, one of whom will be Paralympic Champion Hannah Cockroft, will win a cash prize.