Great Yorkshire contest introduces new UK-wide category

The prestigious Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage & Products Competition is to feature a new category this year for open small pork pies.

This is the first year the organisers will host an open small pork pie competition, alongside its traditional three pork pie classes; three sausage classes – thin, thick and speciality; black pudding; and beef burger competition. This year will also play host to the ‘New Kid on the Block’ category for the best newcomer to the meat industry.

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 will 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 Yorkshire entrants.”

“The Great Yorkshire remains one of the most stringent product evaluation tests in the land. Feedback from industry experts not only helps entrants enhance their products, but also gain ideas for new ones.
Dykes explained how winners can benefit from the show: “Principal prize-winners benefit from publicity that, more often than not, gives a tremendous boost to sales of their award-winning products. We are hoping for a record entry this year, particularly with the introduction of our new open class.”

The show will be held at Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, on 16 November 2014. Entries must be in before 8 November. Full details and a downloadable entry form can be found at:

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