The annual gauntlet is being thrown down to meat men and women across Yorkshire, as the countdown commences to the county's yearly product evaluation highlight,
the 26th Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition. This year, it will feature a new open small pork pie class for the first time in the
To be staged at Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, on Sunday 16 November, the Great Yorkshire remains the UK's biggest and most prestigious regional meat trades
competition, attracting entries from independent retail butchers, farm shops and bakers who make pies on their own premises.
Once again, there are three pork pie classes for traditional, stand and speciality cold eating pies, and three sausage classes - thin, thick and speciality. Supreme
champions and reserve supreme champions will be crowned from the two main pie and sausage classes, with the sausage champion also automatically qualifying for the national
Champion of Champions sausage-making competition.
There are also standalone black pudding and beef burger competition classes, plus a 'New Kid on the Block' class for the best newcomer to encourage new blood to enter and
gain valuable experience in the meat trades competition arena.
This year, for the first time ever, the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils has decided to introduce an open small pork pie class. Confederation
president, Keighley butcher Roy Dykes, explained: "This will be open to butchers, farm shops and bakers UK-wide, including Yorkshire. Every year, more
and more people from outside the county want to enter the Great Yorkshire because of the prestige it holds in our industry sector.
"We have now opened it up to all-comers with the new traditional pork pie class and hope this innovation will not only enhance the appeal of the competition, but
also give our own people something to think about!"
However, the winner of this new class will not qualify for the supreme pork pie championship, as this and the supreme champion sausage remain exclusively the domain of
The closing date for competition postal entries is Saturday 8 November, though entries are accepted until the morning of the contest itself. Judging is by independent
panels of food and meat industry aficionados, along with a number of guest adjudicators.
All championship, 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed class winners will receive individual trophies and Yorkshire Rose Award diplomas, with diplomas also presented to each
Details of sponsorship packages and trade stands can be obtained from competition co-ordinator and press officer Robin Moule, of Skipton-based Moule Media, on
01756 794027, email
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