Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire – known for its famous pork pies – will host an event dedicated to pies this summer, called PieFest.

The event (the second of its kind) is confirmed to take place on 29th and 30th July, and will see a number of Melton Mowbray attractions come together at the Melton Mowbray Cattle Market to celebrate all things pie-related.

‘A staple of British cuisine’

Brits reportedly eat over £1 billion worth of pies per year, and at PieFest visitors will enjoy all elements of the pie industry, including sampling, talks, demonstrations and workshops on how to make the perfect pie.

A number of the UK's awarding-winning pie makers will be at the event selling their pies including past Supreme Champions of the British Pie Awards.

Additionally, there will be a Pie Kitchen where visitors can eat hot pies, baked with mash, vegetables and a variety of accompaniments.

The Pie Theatre programme includes talks on A History of Pies, How to Rate a Pie, Raising a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and a 'Pie Panel' where visitors can put their pie and pastry queries to an expert panel of cooks and pie makers.

There will also be cheese, beer, cakes, wine, chutneys and cider stalls, plus entertainment.

Matthew O'Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, organiser of PieFest 2017 said: “Last year's inaugural PieFest event was a tremendous success in its first year and was enjoyed by visitors and exhibitors alike. We are confident of building on that success with this year's event and hope to show people the great range, quality and versatility of the fantastic British pie, sweet and savoury, hot and cold!”

From being the home of the classic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie to hosting the annual British Pie Awards, Melton Mowbray is regarded as the UK 'Capital of Pies'.

Coach parking for groups is available in the centre of Melton Mowbray, and group visitors are welcome.

Groups will receive £1 off per person when booking directly, and the organiser and driver go free.

For further information visit www.ukpiefest.co.uk.