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Parish Pie Competition - 2014

posted 1 Dec 2014, 05:42 by Graham Knight

The invitation to compete for the Parish Pie Prize for 2014 remains open, so book your place in Great Chishill Village Hall to show off your talents. Ambition, a cunning way with ingredients and an elementary knowledge of cooking would all be an advantage. This is an amusement for those with a sense of fun and a taste for hard graft. So dust off your taste buds and have a go!

Only open to the men (and boys) of the parish, this is an opportunity to rise up and show the ladies that they have no exclusive rights to excellence in the kitchen.  But: the judgment will be by ladies, marshalled by the talented Mel Fowler, cake designer extraordinaire, who has generously agreed to leave her normally rarefied world for one evening only.

As before there will be 3 categories, plus one for young people:

  • Cold Raised Pies: pork, game or whatever; good ones surpass anything bought from a shop.

  • Hot meat, fish or vegetable pies covered with pastry or potato.

  • Hot or cold pies for pudding.

  • Any of the items mentioned above prepared by young people (up to 16).

Doors will open at 7.30pm when judging will begin. Contestants are asked to ensure their pies are delivered not later than 7.00pm (hot pies should be fully cooked already, and brought along hot).

After judging we will all sit down with the ladies to eat the pies, accompanied by potatoes provided by the generous Robert Smith, plus some other vegetables and salads. Custard and cream will be there to go with the puddings (or with the other pies if you must). There will be a licensed bar, and the Elderly Brothers will play, so that you can dance the night and your waistline, away.

Contestants are being asked to pay £10 per entry, supporters £5 a head, children under 10 free.

Advance booking for contestants is required. Please let Ned Tozer (01763 838890 or edward.tozer@gmail.com), or Malcolm Ingham (01763 838566) know if you would like to take part. E-mail addresses would be very helpful. More detailed information and some small print will be sent to each contestant.


The pleasure of a good pie is the chance to enjoy solitude in good company.


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