Championship to find Lincolnshire’s best pies

Louth Pie Day

Louth has issued a baking challenge to Lincolnshire’s best bakers, with the launch of the Lincolnshire Pie Championship.

The championship will be held in the town on Louth Pie Day, Wednesday 15 April, as the county celebrates all things pie!

The first-ever Lincolnshire Pie Championship is a free, open competition for all pie-makers, be they amateur or professional, and all ages. Entries are welcome from all over the county and beyond.

The Lincolnshire Pie Championship is being held in Louth’s St James’ Church with its famous soaring spire. Five judges, all of them Lincolnshire luminaries and food experts, will judge the pies on taste and appearance.

There are basically two rules for entered pies: they must be a homemade filling encased in homemade pastry and baked, or a dish widely known as a pie (such as lemon meringue pie). But aside from that, anything goes.

There are 10 pie classes covering traditional, savoury or sweet, with special classes for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Aspiring pie champions are invited to start thinking about potential pies to show off their skills, and to put the date Wednesday 15 April in their diaries.

This is just one part of Louth Pie Day 2020, a repeat of the event that saw Louth become ‘The Pie Capital of the World’ for one day last year. How to enter the Championship, rules and classes can be found at www.LouthPieDay.com.

Louth Pie Day covers the whole town and features more than 30 stops on the Louth Pie Trail. Artisan bakers and pie makers will offer a special selection of traditional, international and inventive slices of pie during the pop-up event for visitors to enjoy.

Tickets will be on sale from 22 February and can also be purchased on the day from all participating businesses on the Louth Pie Trail. There will be a small number of Golden Tickets hidden among the ordinary tickets, which entitle the holder to an extra free ticket and a special pie-related prize that cannot be bought!

A five-strong team of judges, all of them Lincolnshire-based, includes:

  • Linda Hewett Previous judge at the British Pie Awards and the UK-based World Bread Awards, Linda is an expert bread maker and food demonstrator based in Lincolnshire.
  • Ronnie Ownsworth is an ambassador for Love British Food and a businesswoman, farmer, and a judge for the British Farming Awards. She runs the family farm of mixed arable and stock with her husband in Fulbeck.
  • Steven Bennett learned his trade growing up as a baker and butcher’s son in Louth. He spent the early years of his 23-year career working his way up in award-winning and Michelin starred restaurants. He owned and ran the award-winning 2-Rosette restaurant, The Comfy Duck, and now owns Healing Manor Hotel with his partner Charlotte Hay.
  • Danny Gill is chef patron at Browns Pie Shop in Lincoln, where his career started as pot-washer at the age of 12. He went on to train with Raymond Blanc at the two-Michelin-star Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, then worked as head chef in restaurants around the country.
  • Rachel Green is a chef, author, TV presenter, food campaigner, and devout ambassador for British produce. She’s a judge at the British Pie Awards and supports the Taste of Lincolnshire Awards and the Lincolnshire-based ‘Yes Peas’ campaign for the British Growers Association.