Debut Great British Festival of Pies event in Melton is hailed a success

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The atmosphere was buzzing in the town centre on Saturday as Melton hosted its first-ever Great British Festival of Pies.

The new public event came hot on the heels of the British Pie Awards, held in St Mary’s Church, and five of this year’s award-winning producers, along with 2015 Supreme Champions The Great North Pie Company, were selling their acclaimed cold pies which were quickly snapped up by hungry visitors.

The Anstey Morris Dancers liven up the Market Square EMN-160314-101034001

The Anstey Morris Dancers liven up the Market Square EMN-160314-101034001

As well as the 12 pie producers pulling in the crowds there was also entertainment throughout the day with a ukulele band playing and morris dancer performing.

Ruth Wakeling, of Bouverie Lodge, enticed visitors with her hot bison and venison pies and peas lunch and visitors could enjoy a pint from the Belvoir Brewery bar to wash their pies down with.

The festival - a fitting climax to British Pie Week - was organised by Lisa Brown, on behalf of Melton Promotions, and Mrs Wakeling who is its lead board member for festivals and events.

Lisa said: “The atmosphere in the town was buzzing, the weather was fantastic and the entertainment was great.

Bouverie Lodge's Ruth Wakeling dishes up a bison pie to visitors Ian and Robin Stapleton EMN-160314-101219001

Bouverie Lodge's Ruth Wakeling dishes up a bison pie to visitors Ian and Robin Stapleton EMN-160314-101219001

“We had a lot of interested locals and lots of people who had travelled here to buy award-winning pies. The Great North Pie Company sold out by 1pm and all of the other traders almost sold out. They all had their awards displayed in front of their pies so people knew what they were buying.

“It was a really positive event and the town was still busy at 3pm. We’ve had great feedback from retailers and market traders and we’ll definitely be doing it again next year.”

Brockleby's Ian Jalland and Emma Gibbons with some of their award winning pies EMN-160314-101656001

Brockleby's Ian Jalland and Emma Gibbons with some of their award winning pies EMN-160314-101656001

Pie lovers Jan and Ian Bott tuck in to some Tottle Bakery samples EMN-160314-101342001

Pie lovers Jan and Ian Bott tuck in to some Tottle Bakery samples EMN-160314-101342001

Beer fan Eddie Cham gets a pint from Melton's town centre managers Shelagh Core and Lisa Brown EMN-160314-100835001

Beer fan Eddie Cham gets a pint from Melton's town centre managers Shelagh Core and Lisa Brown EMN-160314-100835001