The first Evesham Pie and Ale Festival was a roaring success as the town’s Market Square and Abbey Park were packed with more than 1,000 food enthusiasts of all ages on Saturday.

The event was opened in the morning by the Mayor of Evesham, Councillor James Bulman, with visitors sampling a selection of the finest food and ales that the Vale of Evesham has to offer. Throughout the day events such as ferret racing and circus skills workshops also proved a hit with both children and adults.

Celebrity chef Tom Bridge was on hand to judge more than 50 entries for the day’s pie-making competitions.

Among the winners in the professional categories was Annie’s Market Garden, who picked up three awards including Best Sweet Pie, Best Pork Pie and Overall Best Pie.

The evening brought a merry atmosphere as local bands took to the stage and the pies consumed during the day were washed down with some fine ales from breweries such as Sadler’s and Purity.

Vecta Pie and Ale Committee member Mick Hurst said: “It was a fantastic event and the weather didn’t dampen Evesham’s enthusiasm for great food and ale! We had more than 1,000 people come along and there was a great atmosphere in the centre of the town throughout the day.

“The day was a great chance for local producers to show off their great wares and they rose to the occasion – there was everything from perfect pies, pints and piccalilli to great quality cakes, craft stalls and competitions.

“Celebrity chef Tom Bridge was a fantastic and entertaining host throughout the day and an expert judge for the pie competitions. Tom even commented on the high quality of Evesham’s pie producers, which is a real compliment considering he judges at dozens of pie festivals each year.”

With more than 40 stallholders in attendance, the festival proved very popular, attracting visitors from all around the area. The success of the festival suggests it could become a permanent fixture in the town’s calendar, promising a bright future.

Those who have pictures from the day or comments on the festival can tweet them using the #pieandale hashtag.

Evesham is hosting its inaugural Pie and Ale Festival on Saturday 17 September. There will be string of local food producers and award-winning local brewers, including Purity Brewing Co and Sadler’s Ales. A variety of family-friendly entertainment from Morris dancing and ferret racing to Punch and Judy and a circus skills workshop.

Chef to the stars and pie expert Tom Bridge will be judging the festival’s pie-making competition, open to anyone from kitchen novices to professional culinary masters. Tom will also be filming for his next television series during his time in Evesham.

From 5pm onwards a selection of local bands will take to the stage.

Date: Saturday 17 September
Time: 11am onwards
Tickets: Free
Location: Market Square and Abbey Park, Evesham, Worcestershire
Audience: Entertainment for the whole family

Tom will be doing a live cookery demonstration at Southport Food Festival on May 15th. For more info and directions please head on over to

Tom will be one of the judges of this year’s British Pie Awards!

To find out more about the event, head on over to

The awards will take place on Wednesday 8th June 2011, St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray.

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We’ve had lots of great feedback about the book since publishing a few weeks ago – online reviews and comments in signing sessions have all been very complimentary!

The press coverage has been also very praiseworthy, with lavish double page spreads appearing in newspapers all over Britain (see below for a few of these).

The response of the book trade itself has also been excellent, and we’d like to highlight one particular piece of feedback we’ve received. Julie, a buyer at Waterstones, made Pie Society her Christmas Cookery book Choice and wrote this lovely review:

At last a book to celebrate the wonderful traditional Pie! This fantastic cookbook contains a wonderful selection of pie recipes, from cheese and onion to Beef Korma. I loved everything in this great book, so make any Pie lover happy and buy a copy today!

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Tune in to tonight’s Inside Out on BBC1 at 7.30pm – Tom Bridge will be back on the box talking about Elizabeth Raffald!

Thursday 30 September saw the publication of Pie Society, and Tom and the team went down to Bolton Market to show off his fantastic new book.

Here’s a few photos from the day!

The lid’s off!

Tom Bridge opens proceedings with a slice of pie.

Pie Time

The Pie Society Pie was kindly supplied by Wilson’s – pie makers extraordinaire!

All in a good cause

The team collecting for Derian House Hospice (see also our auction!)

Talking Pie

Tom taking a moment to talk to the TV cameras.

A Grand Day Out indeed

The whole team!

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We’re auctioning off an exclusive Pie Society pie for Derian House Hospice. Wilson’s (pie makers extraordinaire) will be making the pie fresh for the lucky winner.

Pie Society will be published next week!

Thursday 30 September marks the official launch of the hotly anticipated Pie Society by Tom Bridge. We’re holding a launch party at the Bolton Market where Tom will be doing a cookery demonstration, signing a truckload of books and singing the praises of pies (but not actually singing).

There will also be … free pie!

Sound good? If you’re interested in coming do let us know with a quick note via the form after the link, so we can make sure there’s enough for everyone!

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