Categories extended in British Pie Awards

The 2015 British Pie Awards are now open for entry, with the competition this year offering 20 different categories.

The awards, to be held on 22 April 2015 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, are now in their seventh year. There will be a ‘Bride’s Pie’ speciality class, which the organisers say harks back to a time, prior to the 17th century, when a pie was served at a wedding rather than a cake. Another one of the 20 classes will be a ‘Free From’ category, allowing entry exclusively to gluten-free pies.

The 18 further classes “allow pie perfection in all its forms... there’s a class to suit every producer”, said a spokesperson.

The competition celebrates the nation’s love for pies and, while a multitude of different types can be entered, all pies must be totally encased in pastry with a closed top, fit into one of the pre-assigned classes, and be commercially available (apart from in the specialist category).

Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: “Each year we launch the awards to encourage innovation in pies and we’re never disappointed. I can’t wait to see what the 2015 awards bring. In 2014 we had everything from salt beef and gherkins to pastrami and pickle – and even a squirrel pie.”

Entry is open until 3 April 2015, for more information go to

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