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Welsh Witterings: The British Pie Awards

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The deadline for this years British Pie Awards is looming as the competition closes for entries at Midnight on the 1st March 2022. This year has been a bumper year for entries, having gained the highest number of entries for four years and there are a significant number of entries from newcomers.

I have been following the British Pie Awards since 2014, when my Victorian Curry Pie won an award and the pies are certainly something that Britain gets excited about. Organisers, of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, have signed up a record number of judges for this year’s competition and the panel includes baking and butchery professionals, food writers, chefs, representatives of prestigious retailers and a sprinkling of dignitaries including the Bishop of Leicester, Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, and Mayor of Melton, Councillor Peter Faulkner.IMG_08671

There is always a real buzz in the town of Melton Mowbray on the day that the entries are accepted and there is no denying that competition is stiff. The standard of the judging is high and the test of a good pie is certainly rigorous. I have been known to bemoan the journey from Wales to Melton Mowbray as it takes me around four hours to get there, but I vow not to moan this year as I will be thinking about the furthest entrant this year, called, Lochinver Larder, who will face a gruelling 549 miles journey from their base on the west tip of Scotland meaning a 10-hour drive to deliver their pies to Melton. No doubt they will be glad of a pie and a pint when they get their pie entries safely delivered.

Over the years the British Pie Awards have gained a lot of coverage and this year and with a record number of vegan pie entries it is set to be an interesting year and I am looking forward to attending on the 8th March 2022.

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