British Pie Awards now open

The 2016 British Pie Awards is now accepting entries. The awards take place on 9 March 2016 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, during British Pie Week (7-13 March 2016). 

This is the eighth year of the awards and last year saw 830 pies entered from 131 professional bakers, butchers and chefs, which were judged by 109 pie experts.

Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said “We’re very much looking forward to another awards celebrating the craftsmanship, creativity and innovation in pie making, and what better time to do so but during British Pie Week itself.

“Each year we’re impressed by the fantastic calibre and number of entries – last year we had everything from Chilli Beef and Chocolate Pie to Wild Beaver Pie and Kangaroo and Ale Pie.”

This year’s speciality class celebrates the Queen’s impending 90th birthday and challenges producers to make a pie ‘fit for Her Majesty the Queen’.

Katharine Walmsley from Nice Pie, winner of last year’s ‘Bride’s Pie’ speciality class with a Chicken, Champagne and Truffle Pie, said: “The Speciality Class is a real chance to show how creative you can be as a pie maker, and creating a ‘Bride’s Pie’ was the perfect platform to show off! With so many wacky and wonderful entries to this class, we were delighted to be named class winner.”

Closing date for entries is 22 February 2016 and it’s open to anyone who sells pies commercially in the UK. Full details of how to enter, as well as a full list of this year’s 20 classes, can be found on the British Pie Awards website:

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