The Museum hosted the presentation of the Dabber’s Dish contest on Sunday 22 September.
This competition was organised by Councillor Stuart Hutton of Nantwich Town Council to find a recipe that most represents Nantwich’s cooking and to find out how locals have been inspired by events, businesses, local produce and ingredients.
There were two winners of the competition, which had a business and individuals category.
Clewlows won the business category with their Pork and Chutney Dabber’s pie. Harry Clewlow and grandson Ronnie received the trophy and handed out samples which were very well received.
Bill Pearson won the individual’s trophy with an equally tasty looking Nantwich cheese and onion soup. The recipe along with some further information can be found on Bill’s Dabber Dish site (at foot of this page).
We reproduce Councillor Hutton’s encouraging comments below:
‘Nantwich is considered one of the great foodie destinations but we don’t have a typical dish, unlike other towns such as Stoke with their oatcakes and Cornwall with the pastie.
“It was a pleasure to be able to present the awards to the winners of the competition, Mr Pearson for his wonderful ‘Nantwich Cheese and Onion Soup’, and to H. Clewlow Butchers for their famous ‘Dabber’s Pie’. I’m extremely grateful to all the businesses and individuals that entered the competition. The eagerness of local people to get involved in this and other initiatives goes to underline just what makes our town such a great place to live and visit – the people.
“I was bowled over by some of the creativity displayed by the competitors some of whom have given permission for their ideas to be published in the museum’s recipe book (available soon). The quality of the winning entries is also a testament to the excellent local produce available in and around our town.
“I hope local people will take these recipes to their hearts – or stomachs – have a go at making them at home and maybe even add their own twists.”