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The 2019 British Pie Awards are open, with a new Vegan Pie category

The 2019 British Pie Awards are open, with a new Vegan Pie category

Now in their 11th year, the renowned Awards are open for entries from pie makers across the UK. As ever, the event will take place in the pork pie capital of Melton Mowbray. Judging will take place on Wednesday 6 March with the main event two days later o

Calling all pie makers across the UK – the 2019 British Pie Awards are open for entry. The world-famous Awards, now in their 11th year, are to be held on Friday 8th March 2019 in the pork pie capital of Melton Mowbray, with judging taking place on Wednesday 6th March.

This year sees the introduction of three new elements:

  • The Vegan Pie Class
  • Fish & Chip Shop Pie Class
  • Best Young Piemaker Award.

Each year, the British Pie Awards presents a Small Producer Award, recognising grass-roots piemakers creating outstanding pies across the UK. 2019 will see the introduction of the inaugural Best Young Piemaker Award, a category that celebrates the talent of promising young bakers.

The Awards, hosted during British Pie Week (4-10 March 2019), celebrate the nation’s love of pies – a British culinary institution. Hot or cold, sweet or savoury, Brits eat around £1billion-worth of pies every year.

The annual special themed class

The British Pie Awards includes a special themed class, which changes each year. This year’s special class celebrates Fish & Chip Shop pies, bringing two British classics together. Judged to the same standards, and under the same rules as other classes, the pie makers in this category have more freedom to choose fillings, pastry type and presentation.

To enter

There are only a few simple rules that must be adhered to: all pies are to be totally encased in pastry, so they must have a closed top, and must be baked. They must also fit into one of the 23 pre-assigned classes. All entries must be commercially available in the UK.

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!”

Entry to the Awards is now open and will run until 5pm on Friday 15 February 2019. The Awards are open to anyone who sells pies commercially in the UK, with a special rate for companies with fewer than five pie makers. Pie makers are able to enter the awards by filling out an online entry form on the website, where there is also a full list of this year’s classes: www.britishpieawards.co.uk

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