Farmhouse Fare reigns supreme at Great Northern Pork Pie Competition
Farmhouse Fare in Skipton confirmed their status as elite pie-makers after being crowned supreme champions in the seventh annual Great Northern Pork Pie Competition, which ran alongside the 2015 Christmas primestock shows at Skipton Auction Mart.
Having won the prestigious title for four years running, they took a break from the competition last year to act as judges.
But the business, which makes pies at its Skipton bakery and sells them through its own retail shop in the town’s High Street, bounced back with a vengeance with their 2015 title-winning speciality pork and apple pie, winning the Moule Media Trophy for best in show.
Farmhouse Fare’s Janet Green and Rob Ogden collected the trophy, and also picked up the Stand Pie title, as well as the second place rosette in the traditional pork pie competition. To cap an excellent day, they also presented the first prize Scotch Eggs and third prize sausage rolls.
Of their supreme champion pie, Janet said: “We’ve kept the same recipe over the years, so it’s a very traditional pie. We also ensure we always use the same high quality local meat. We’re over the moon again – it’s a family business and the winning pies are exactly the same as the ones we sell in the shop.
“Although we are really pleased with our many successes in recent years, we have now decided that we will not be entering the competition again for a few years.”
David Hempel, director of sponsors TW Laycock and Sons, spice merchants of Keighley, presented the trophy, alongside Moule Media’s Matt Cornish, the former editor of the Craven Herald.
Mr Hempel said: “We supply a lot of local butchers, so we were delighted to support local producers and customers.”
Robinson’s Farm Shop in Score Hill, Northowram, Halifax, proved once again to be pie-makers extraordinaire, winning the traditional pork pie class and becoming overall reserve champions, also finishing runner-up in the speciality pie class. Their traditional pie was also chosen as the best pie from Yorkshire.
Last year’s pork pie champions, Ingfield Farm Shop in Southowram, near Halifax, were crowned sausage roll kings.
Haighs Farm Shop, near Huddersfield, was runner-up in both the stand pie and sausage roll classes, while Keelham Farm Shop, of Skipton and Thornton, finished third in the traditional pork pie class, with Brosters Farm Shop, of Haigh House Hill, Huddersfield, third in the speciality class.
D&A Gregory Butchers, of Bacup, presented the third prize stand pie, also chosen as the best pie from a Lancashire entrant.
A competition class for fruit cakes was won by Hazel Gamble, of Easingwold, while the best Victoria Sponge came from Philip Dolphin, of Skipton, and best jar of home-made chutney from Susan Wallbank, of Gisburn.
The annual fodder hay competition was won by the first prize bale of old meadow hay from Stuart and Stephen Lund, of Litton, with Joe Coates, of Coniston Cold, chosen as reserve champion when again to the fore with the first prize bale of seed hay, the first and second prize bales of haylage and the third prize bale of old meadow hay.
As in past years, there was again a major charity element to the day, with pork pies, Scotch eggs, sausage rolls, fruit cakes, sponges and fodder – all donated by willing participants, plus generous donations by many others - auctioned off to a host of enthusiastic bidders. Proceeds will again go to Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope and Brooklands School, Skipton.