Deliciously Yorkshire

06 November, 2008

A Huddersfield butcher was top crust at this year's Deliciouslyorkshire Awards, taking home the supreme product title for his 'figit pie.'

Andrew Jones created his winning lattice-topped pie - crammed with pork, apple and stuffing - four years ago. The butcher now produces thousands of the pies a week and distributes them to Asda and Morrisons supermarkets across Yorkshire through his business Andrew Jones Pies.

He collected his award at the annual Deliciouslyorkshire Awards dinner held at Rudding Park, Harrogate on 3 November. The awards celebrate outstanding local produce and producers, showcasing some of the best food that Yorkshire has to offer.

The cream of the region's food and drink industry turned out to celebrate outstanding local produce and producers at the annual Deliciouslyorkshire Awards dinner held at Rudding Park, Harrogate on 3 November - a glittering showcase of the very best food and drink that Yorkshire and Humber has to offer.

The independent judging panel of 29 experts had a tougher task than usual this year, with a record 172 entries. Regional Food Group chief executive Jonathan Knight said increased recognition of the awards is commensurate with growing awareness about the Deliciouslyorkshire brand.

"The keen interest in this year's awards reflects not only huge ongoing interest in the outstanding food and drink produced in Yorkshire and the Humber, but also the innovative and skilled producers we enjoy in the region," he said.

Holme Farmed Venison beat off stiff competition from The Beef Improvement Company's Givendale beef and Taste Tradition's sucking pig porchetta to win the 'fresh meat, game and poultry' category with its rack of venison.

Nigel Sampson, managing director of Holme Farmed Vension, based in Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire said he was extremely pleased with the win for the product, which is sold in Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury.

"We are delighted. We spend a great deal of time making sure the deer are reared in such a way that the meat is of the upmost quality. The rack of venison is ideal for crown roasts or for cutlets and is incredibly succulent, so it is pleasing to see it get the credit it deserves," he said.

"Venison has a delicious flavour and is naturally low in cholesterol compared to other meats, and because it is so lean there is very little wastage. I think these factors have had an influence over recent demand, which has actually increased, despite the economic downturn."

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company won the 'prepared meat' award for its heavenly honey Swaledale sausage.

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