By Ian Dipple 04/05 Updated: 04/05 08:27
A BATTLE to find the perfect pie will take place at the Alcester and Forest of Arden Food Festival later this month.
Pie makers are being challenged to go head-to-head in four categories - hot and cold savoury and hot and cold sweet - for the title of best pie at the event due to be held at The Bear pub, which is also sponsoring the contest, in the high street of the market town on Saturday, May 19 from 12.30pm.
Judges include Alcester Mayor Lennox Cumberbatch, Steve Hine, festival committee member, Nancy Singleton from Stratford District Council and Standard editor Ian Dipple, who will be looking for flavour, appearance and texture. The overall winner will be presented with a silver plate and the title Best Pie, provided by Bullivant Media, of which the Redditch and Alcester Standard is a part. Last year saw The Parson's Nose take the title of Best Sausage.
The festival itself runs from 9am until 5pm and will feature more than 100 stalls. At 9.30am members of Alcester Court Leet will take part in the traditional assize - which dates back as far as 1299 - and is regarded as an early form of Trading Standards where goods offered for sale will be judged.
Marc Venables, the breadweigher, said: "Hopefully the weather will behave and the day goes really well and the food and goods will hopefully pass our fastidious and stringent inspections and all with a quaint bit of camaraderie involved."
The festival will also play host to a group of international visitors.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the formation of 'Club Seventy Five' - a Luxembourg based club of German speaking owners of the Rover 75 and MG ZT cars.
As the vehicles were produced at Longbridge the 25 strong group have decided to mark the occasion by visiting the Midlands and will be bringing a dozen or more cars with them.
They will be staying in Alcester between May 17 and 22 and will be sampling the wealth of find food and drink on offer at the event.
Admission to the festival is free and there will be a free park and ride from the Moat House on the Birmingham Road.
For more information and an entry form for the Best Pie Competition call Patricia Hill, sales and bookings organiser on 07807 312421. Visit www.alcesterfoodfestival.org for more information about the event itself.
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