Producers vie for top accolade in British Pie Awards
The annual awards celebrate the best of British pie-making.
Some of the best pies in the country have been put through their paces at the annual British Pie Awards.
The awards are designed to celebrate the British pie, promote regional specialities and support British produce as well as recognise the craft of bakers and butchers.
The event – now in its 10th year – is held in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and this year judges have sampled 963 entries from 180 producers.
A pie – as defined by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association – is deemed “a filling wholly encased in pastry and baked”.
This year there are 21 different classes, ranging from pork to steak and ale to pub pies, free-from pies, dessert pies and pasties.
A champion is chosen from each class, and these go on to compete to become Supreme Champion.
Some cracking pies in the Fish Class sponsored by @SSPOsays— British Pie Awards (@BritishPies) March 7, 2018
Judges include butchers, farmers, business owners, cooks and journalists.
Judging takes place in St Marys Church, Melton Mowbray, and the winners will be announced at an awards lunch on Friday.