Dock Pudding is a local delicacy little-known outside the Calder Valley area of Yorkshire. The World Dock Pudding Championships was founded in 1971 to help preserve the dish.

I was nursing on the wards in the 1990’s, I once asked an elderly patient how to make it and she looked at me like I was mad. Why would I want to make it? I wanted to make it because I’d heard of the local competition to make the best in the world!

The World Dock Pudding Championships are back in 2022, taking place once more at Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre. Competitors will gather at a Food & Drink Festival to prepare a whole cooked breakfast including the Dock Pudding and the winner receives a cup and the prestigious title of World Champion.

The judging takes place behind closed doors so that the competitors are unknown to the judges. In 2019, the judging panel included celebrity judges Jon Richardson (from 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown), Lucy Beaumont (Jon’s better half from Meet the Richardson’s) and Jon Mitchell (Meteorologist with ITV’s Calendar News).

The Pudding is made from the leaves of Polygonum Bistorta/Persicaria Bistorta (which is not the same as Common Dock, though they look alike) mixed with nettles, oatmeal, onions and seasoning, and served with bacon and eggs.

Join the fun on April 30th at the Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Food and Drink Festival. The audience can watch the cooking on stage in the hall, enjoy the delicious variety of food and drink and lots of entertainment.

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