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North East England celebrates British Pie Week

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Elena Dickson of Dicksons Pies, South Shields, which has been making Pork Pies for 60 years.

Elena Dickson of Dicksons Pies, South Shields, which has been making Pork Pies for 60 years.

The pie lovers among you may already know that it’s British Pie Week from March 3 – 9 – an annual week-long celebration of one of the nation’s favourite foods.

Here in the Great North we’ve got a number of producers, pubs and restaurants that excel in making mouth-watering meaty, vegetarian, sweet and gluten-free pies, so there’s no excuse not to tuck into your favourite variety or try something new this week.

Savoury pies

If you’re a fan of the traditional pork pie then head to Dicksons, which has been making pork pies to a family recipe for the last 60 years. Dicksons prides itself on the quality of ingredients and the way the pies are prepared by an expert team of butchers and bakers, resulting in some of the tastiest pork pies in the region.

Alternatively, try one of the New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company’s Kiwi-style savoury varieties, which are made in the North East using local ingredients but inspired by the pies of New Zealand.

“These are made with lighter pastry to leave more room for hearty fillings,” explains owner Mike Henderson, “and as they’re firm and full of flavour they can easily be eaten on the go.”

The gourmet pies include peppered steak, minted lamb, and best-selling steak and cheese, which is based on the iconic Kiwi favourite. There is also a veggie pie, which uses a special veggie pastry and is filled with buttery root vegetable mash, spinach leaves, a slice of soft goat’s cheese, and topped with caramelised shallots or red onion chutney.

Gluten-free pies

Good news for those that have coeliac disease or follow a gluten-free diet – Voakes Pies has developed a gluten-free range, so you don’t need to miss out on indulging in a tasty pie during British Pie Week.

Laura McGowan from Voakes says: “I was diagnosed with coeliac disease a few years ago, so we decided to combine gluten- and wheat-free pastry with our high quality home-reared pork to create a Free From range.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure that it’s as close to our original Voakes Pies as possible. The range includes our traditional pork pie, deep-filled steak and chicken pies, quiches and also the Special Pie – a flavoursome layering of pork, chicken and stuffing in a crisp pastry case.”

Voakes Free From will be attending our second Great North Gluten Free Fair on 26th April, so come along to The CastleGate in Newcastle between 10am and 4pm to sample their range of pies.

Advance tickets are now available online for this year’s Fair, which follows the success of the inaugural event in 2013. Newburn Bakehouse by Warburtons is once again our headline sponsor and will be showcasing its award-winning range of free-from products. There will also be a variety of delicious gluten-free food and drink on offer from some of the best local and national producers.

Like our Facebook page for further updates on the Great North Gluten Free Fair.

Enjoy British Pie Week – we’d love to hear how you’ll be celebrating, so let us know by tweeting us @TASTECLUBHQ.

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