Plans to expand on pie festival success
THE organiser behind Pie Fest is planning to expand on the national event following its successful debut in Melton.
Pie Fest - the Great British Pie Festival - took place over two days in Market Place in late September.
The first-of-its-kind free event saw over 3,000 pies sold and was so busy that all exhibitors had sold out of pies on both days by 1pm.
Professional pie makers came from across the country to sell their produce and there was also live entertainment.
Organiser Dr Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of both the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership and the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said: “We ran a competition during Pie Fest to find the town’s best pie and I want to expand on that next year to set up a national amateur pie competition, using regional BBC radio stations to do the judging.
“The idea would be that the competition would culminate with the Pie Fest weekend and in doing so help bring new visitors into Melton and increase the town’s profile.”
Dr O’Callaghan also helps organise the East Midlands Food and Drink Festival and Artisan Cheese Fair and is on the hunt for volunteers to help him continue to run the food and drink events in the future.
He said: “Organisers Kenyon Communications who ran the food and drink festival this year have moved onto other things so I am looking for a replacement. I’m also hoping to get the community involved in continuing the other events which promote Melton’s status as Rural Capital of Food.”
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