Food festival to support the world championship

Julie Wilby, left, and reigning champion Jenny Whitehouse
Julie Wilby, left, and reigning champion Jenny Whitehouse

Food lovers are set to get more than they bargained for when a world championship returns next month following a year’s break.

The World Dock Pudding Championship is set to return to Mytholmroyd Community Centre on Good Friday (April 18), but rather than just focusing on frying dock leaves organisers are expanding the traditional event to incorporate a food festival.

With a minimum of 20 stalls available for anything from cakes to farm products, organisers are hoping to showcase the best the area has to offer.

Organiser Julie Wilby said: “This year we want to turn the World Dock Pudding Championship in to more of a food festival. We want local foodie-type people to come and showcase what they have got.

“The car boot sale is going to be the same, but what I need is food merchants wanting to come and put on a stall to bring it into the 21st Century.

“We’re never going to be on the scale of Halifax or Leeds Food Festival, which are both brilliant events, but we want to be more than just the usual championship and car boot sale. We want something that’s going to attract a wider audience and bring a buzz back in to the dock pudding championship.”

After last year’s championship was cancelled because poor weather conditions led to a shortage of dock leaves, Julie is hoping that more people will attend the event.

The championship has also been put back a week so it falls in between the Good Friday Pace Egg plays and the Easter Monday Hebden Bridge Rotary Club Duck Race.

Stalls for the food festival, all located inside the community centre on Caldene Avenue, are priced at £20 for businesses and £15 for charities.

Registration is now open for the World Dock Pudding Championship.

As well as the championship (1.30pm start), which will be accompanied by the music of Hebden Bridge Junior Band, and food festival there will also be the car boot sale starting from 7.30pm.

For more information, call Julie on 01422 883023 or email