Over the weekend, hubbie and I went to the Pie Fest 2017 in Melton Mowbray – home of the pork pie. There were many suppliers on display (both from Melton Mowbray and other areas) and of course it was a taste fest. Below are a couple of pictures of pork pie producers which I thought were delicious. Sorry for those that are not based in the U.K. One wonderful discovery is we found a vegetarian pork pie option. So in true veggieandi fashion, both of us were able to enjoy ourselves.
The pork pie, or shall I say the famous Melton Mowbray pork pie, has an interesting history. If you want to read more about the history, please see link here. In a nutshell, the Melton Mowbray pork pie came about as a by-product of a thriving dairy industry in the 1700s where the whey from cheese making made it conducive to raise pigs on dairy farms. This then led to the development of the pork pie to help use up surplus pork meat. This pie pie became popular for foxhunting in the Melton area where fox hunters could carry these delicious pies with them whilst out and about chasing the foxes and the pie remained intact and easy to transport.
In order to be a proper Melton Mowbray pork pie, it must meet certain criteria, such as the pork pie must be made within a 10.8 square mile zone around Melton Mowbray, it must use uncured British reared pork, and cooked without any support (e.g. not in a baking tray). It must also have certain ingredients in the pie and cannot use artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.