Festivals and Pork Pies

The East Midland's Food Festival

The UK's Largest Regional Food Festival was held at Brooksby Hall, near Melton Mowbray, on the 4th and 5th October and, of course, you could expect Local Food Heroes to bring you all the most up to date news from the event - well you could if I'd actually visited it!

Now, a clever journo would just write a piece pretending to be there - but remember, this ain't the News of the World, it's me, a thick git who pontificuts pintificoats writes this stupid stuff.

I did get a mention in dispatches though. All around 'good egg' Jules over on The Domestic Goddess in Training blog went to the event, and more importantly thanked me for reminding her to go! Apart from her obsession with Farrington's Rapeseed Oil from Northamptonshire, rather than Leicestershire's own Welland Valley Oil, she's brilliant.

Melton Mowbray Pork Pie

Melton Pork PieThis week also saw Melton Mowbray Pork Pies getting the accreditation they deserve; the interim PGI issued by the EU in April has, I understand, received no objections and so will be made final. Cor Blimey, it's almost like a divorce, they'll be calling them Decree Nisi and Absolute next.

Regular readers will know that I have always had issues with the area defined for their manufacture; to include Wellingborough about 38 miles away, but not places only 12 miles away, and to include Northampton, but not the whole of Leicestershire, is just plain stupid. The area, defined in the application, is justified by all sorts of clap-trap about history, tradition etc; they then chose that great historical and traditional road, The M1, as the western boundary - that's historical since 1965 then lads eh! The reason for all of this was to satisfy the demands of large commercial producer Saxbys, who ironically stopped making Pork Pies virtually as soon as they got the concession!

I also think that they were foolish not to include both Melton Pork Pie and Melton Mowbray Pork Pie in the application to avoid any confusion.

It seems to me that leaving groups of producers to apply for these protected status areas is fraught with problems. Not least the commercial rivalry between the companies involved. There's got to be a better way.

There, I've got it off my chest. At the end of the day though, it's great that people buying a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie should be guaranteed that it's authentic - but it doesn't mean that other pies aren't good. In other parts of the Country some fine raised pork pies are being made, Eley's for example; one of my informants tells me that Eleys have a letter from Dickinson and Morris admitting that their pie is actually better than the D & M one, fact or urban myth?

P.S. The picture of the pie above is labelled Melton Pork Pie. I live to the West of the 'historical' M1 so can't call it a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie; it's better than any you'll buy there though.

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lol, I suppose I do have a bit of an obsession, but it does make very good yorkie puds! Next time I run out of rapeseed oil I promise I’ll try Welland Valley Oil. ;)

Jules, (Email ) (URL) - 10-10-’08 18:14

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