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Celebrating the great British pie

Celebrating the great British pie

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Former Great British Bake Off winner, Frances Quinn will be appearing at this year’s PieFest to join visitors in a celebration of the best of British pies.

PieFest will be held at the Cattle Market in Melton Mowbray from 29-30 July and visitors will enjoy all things pie-related including sampling, buying, eating and even learning how to make their own pies.

Frances will be appearing in the ‘Pie Theatre’ at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday to demonstrate one of her favourite, classic pie recipes.

Frances Quinn, from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, is best known as the winner of the fourth series of The Great British Bake Off in 2013. Her first book was ‘Quintessential Baking’ and she has made many appearances on TV and radio in the UK.

Frances said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been invited to this year's PieFest in the heart of Melton Mowbray - which has to be the country's pie capital. The opportunity to show the audience my bake is a true honour. Of course, working with Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off means I am only too aware of how important it is to avoid a soggy bottom!”

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. 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 also includes talks on How to Rate a Pie, a demonstration of hand raising a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, a Pie Panel that will discuss your pie and pastry woes and queries, plus one idiot's attempt to find the perfect pie in 'A Life of Pies'. There will also be cheese, beer, cakes, wine, chutneys, cider and plenty of fun and entertainment.

Matthew O’Callaghan, from the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, organiser of PieFest 2017, added: “We’re delighted that Frances can join us at this year’s PieFest. We have a wide range of pie makers from all over Britain exhibiting at the event so as a star baker, Frances will be in really good company!”

Further information

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 1JY. All the stands are under cover.

Admission is £3 (in advance), children under 16 free. For more information or to book tickets, please visit


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