Celebrating the great British pie at Melton Mowbray

Pies are a staple of traditional British cuisine and, according to the organisers of the PieFest exhibition, consumers eat more than £1 billion worth of pies per year. At this year's PieFest event, to be held in Melton Mowbray from 29-30 July, visitors can enjoy all things pie-related including sampling, buying, eating and learning how to make their own pies.

A number of the UK's award-winning pie makers will be at the event selling their pies including past Supreme Champions of the British Pie Awards. PieFest also includes talks, tastings, demonstrations and workshops on how to make the perfect pie. And there will 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.

“Last year's inaugural PieFest event was a tremendous success in its first year and was enjoyed by visitors and exhibitors alike,” says Matthew O'Callaghan, Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, organiser of PieFest 2017. “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 bills itself as the UK 'Capital of Pies'. PieFest will run from 10am to 4pm both days at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market, Leicestershire. Admission is £4, children under 16 are free.