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A grand celebration of British pies at PieFest

Pies are a staple of traditional British cuisine and we eat over £1 billion worth of pies per year.

At this year’s PieFest event, to be held in Melton Mowbray from 29-30 July, visitors will enjoy all things pie-related including sampling, buying, eating and even learning how to make their own pies.

A number of the UK’s awarding-winning pie makers will be at the event selling their pies including past Supreme Champions of the British Pie Awards. PieFest will also include talks, tastings, demonstrations and workshops on how to make the perfect pie. There will also be a Pie Kitchen where visitors can eat hot pies – baked to perfection with mash, vegetables and a variety of accompaniments.

The Pie Theatre programme includes talks on A History of Pies, How to Rate a Pie, Raising a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and a ‘Pie Panel’ where visitors can put their pie and pastry queries to an expert panel of cooks and pie makers. There will also be cheese, beer, cakes, wine, chutneys, cider and more, plus entertainment.

Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, organiser of PieFest 2017 said: “Last year’s inaugural PieFest event was a tremendous success in its first year and was enjoyed by visitors and exhibitors alike. We are confident of building on that success with this year’s event and hope to show people the great range, quality and versatility of the fantastic British pie, sweet and savoury, hot and cold!”

From being the home of the classic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie to hosting the annual British Pie Awards, Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire is regarded as the UK ‘Capital of Pies’. PieFest will run from 10am to 4pm on the weekend of 29-30 July 2017 at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market, Leicestershire LE13 0HS. All the stands are undercover.

PieFest 2017 is sponsored by Dickinson & Morris with support from Melton Mowbray Market.

Admission is £4, children under 16 free. For more information, please visit www.ukpiefest.co.uk