The 2019 British Pie Awards are now open for entry – including three exciting new categories! The world-famous Awards, now in their eleventh year, will be held on 8th March in the pork pie capital of Melton Mowbray, with the judging taking place on 6th March.
This year sees the introduction of three all-new elements: the Vegan Pie Class, a special annual themed Fish & Chip Shop Pie Class, and a Best Young Piemaker Award. The Awards, hosted during British Pie Week (4th to 10th March), celebrate the nation’s love of pies. Indeed, the 2018 instalment saw an astounding 962 pies being entered from a record-breaking 185 talented bakers, butchers and chefs.
Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association and host of the British Pie Awards, said: “Over the past 11 years we’ve judged over 8,000 pies, with the help of around 150 pie connoisseurs and culinary experts. Each pie is judged on presentation, consistency and, of course, flavour – it’s a very serious, albeit delicious, undertaking!
“Every year we’re blown away by the creativity and quality that goes into reinventing, or perfecting, a national favourite. With the new Vegan Pie Class and Fish & Chip Shop Class, we expect this year will be equally exciting, if not more so.”