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Evesham Pie and Ale Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:47 18 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:52 20 February 2013

Sadie Downey wins 'Best Overall Pie' at Evesham Pie and Ale Festival 2012. Photography by DK Photographic

Sadie Downey wins 'Best Overall Pie' at Evesham Pie and Ale Festival 2012. Photography by DK Photographic

The second annual Evesham Pie and Ale Festival proved a triumph as the town's Market Square and Abbey Park were packed with foodies and families throughout the day.

Food and family funat the
Pie and Ale Festival

The second annual Evesham Pie and Ale Festival proved a triumph as the towns Market Square and Abbey Park were packed with foodies and families throughout the day.

Pies were flying out right from the start as visitors bathed in the glorious sunshine. They were able to sample a wide selection of the finest food and ales that the Vale of Evesham has to offer, including Asum Ale from Evesham Brewery; the ever-popular Piddle in the Hole and Crop Slasher by Wyre Piddle Ales; and Sadlers Ales Mellow Yellow and Worcester Sorcerer.

Worcestershire culinary king Daren Bale, from the Hop Pole Inn, in Bewdley, was the expert pie judge on the day, ably assisted by Evesham Market Town Partnerships Manager Shawn Riley.

Winner of the Best Homemade Pie went to Jody Alexander while Sadie Downey, from the Outdoor Pig Company, lead the way in the professional categories, being named Champion for the Best Pork Pie and Best Overall Pie in the competition.

Last years winner Annie Perkins from Annies Market Garden was named Reserve Champion by the judges.

With children-friendly stalls in the churchyard and dancing, magic acts and music on the main stage, the festival attracted people of all ages throughout the day.

Festival organiser Vicky Lawson said: It was a fantastic event and we think there were around 2,000 people there. It was great that so many people come out to support our local producers.

The weather was perfect and there was a great atmosphere in the centre of the town. It was bigger and better than last year and some of the feedback we had even suggested we should do it more than once a year.

Im not sure whether thats something we can consider but the event has certainly become firmly fixed in the towns festival calendar.

Id just like to say a big thank you to Daren Bale for taking the time to judge the pie competition and also to thank all the Vecta members who supported the festival and helped make it happen.

Anyone with pictures from the day or feedback on the festival can tweet @eveshamtowncouk


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