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Butchers in the Ribble Valley can battle for Lancashire against Yorkshire for the first time at a major regional meat trade competition.

The 27th annual “Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage and Black Pudding Competition” run by the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils’ (CYBC) will form part of The Craft Bakers and Butchers Extravaganza on Sunday, October 11, at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

The contest has been thrown open to all UK butchers, farm shops and bakers who make products on their own premises.

The Craft Bakers Association is also running its own bread-making competition - will be officially opened by Yorkshire-born chef/restaurateur, TV chef and author Brian Turner.

The contest will feature three pork pie classes (small, large and speciality cold eating pie), and three sausage class (thin pork, thick pork and speciality sausage). Winners of each class will qualify for the championship classes, from which supreme champions and reserve supreme champions will emerge.

The supreme champion sausage will also qualify for the 2016 National Champion of Champions Sausage Competition.

In addition, there is a stand-alone black pudding championship class.

The Extravaganza will also feature a trade show with industry experts, suppliers and service providers.

For family interest, youngsters can decorate a cupcake, gingerbread man or cookie, and there will be with a children’s theatre, face painting and Punch and Judy.

Entry forms for the Great Yorkshire Pork Pie, Sausage and Black Pudding Competition can be downloaded at and the closing date for entries is Saturday, October 3rd.