Vegan entries dominate British Pie Awards as bosses vow to make competition ‘inclusive’

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VEGAN dishes dominate this yr’s British Pie Awards after bosses vowed to make present ‘inclusive’

With 800 entries all via 23 classes, it was the plant-based group that attracted most definitely in all probability probably the most curiosity – with virtually 70 rivals.

Vegan pies dominated the British Pie AwardsCredit: PA
Hundreds of people entered a pie into the competition
Hundreds of individuals entered a pie into the competitionCredit: PA

It follows on from the vegan class’s success when it was first launched in 2019 and controversially snagged the supreme champion title.

The full winner two years up to now was a curried candy potato, butternut squash and spinach creation.

Organisers of the awards, whose winners shall be launched on Friday, mentioned it had been a “tough” few months after the distinctive March date was postponed due to the worldwide pandemic.

But the 150 judges had been as soon as extra, excitedly hunched over tons of of entries all through the competition’s typical setting of St Mary’s Church all through the residence of the pork pie, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, for the beginning of proceedings on Wednesday, which started with the ceremonial blessing of the pies.

Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, mentioned it had been “a challenge” to persuade locals that vegan pies had a spot on the desk as they wished the awards to be “inclusive”.

“I know it’s a bandwagon – a lot of butchers and others are entering the vegan class to test new recipes and flavours,” he instructed the Guardian.

“But I don’t think the classics are going anywhere. Steak and ale is always in the top three.”

Stephen Hallam, a former managing director of Dickinson and Morris, the oldest makers of Melton Mowbray pork pies, hailed plant-based creations as “bang on trend”.

“Once it was all about meat and two veg but we’re more adventurous with our food,” he added.

Apart from what has been dubbed “the rise of the vegans”, completely totally different challengers ranged from the connoisseur, such as Moroccan spiced lamb and apricot, to outdated favorite the pork pie.

Also customary with bakers this yr had been pasties, a class which has beforehand provided a supreme champion, with 48 entries for 2021.

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