Pie and beer festival a big success

Alex Coward (second left) and staff at the pie and beer festival
Alex Coward (second left) and staff at the pie and beer festival
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Hundreds of people flocked to Longridge’s first pie and beer festival during the bank holiday weekend.

So much so, the White Bull at Alston sold out of the special beer ordered in for the occasion and also the homemade pies.

“It has been a real success and hundreds of people have supported us,” said chef-proprietor Alex Coward.

He said the the town’s first pie competition had been well supported too and all the live music acts had been well received.

There were 16 entries in the pie competition, judged by Alex, staff member Karen Pedley and customer Leo Conway, and the winner was Simone De La Harpe with a traditional suet topped steak and kidney pie and Alex said the gravy sealed the choice!

In second place was Little Town Dairy, who entered pork and apple, pork and stilton and traditional pork pies and in third place, came a “totally unique” entry from South Africa called a ‘bobotie’ pie by Ryan De la Harpe. There was also a special commendation given to Louis Hunt for his pork pie.

“All the pies were extraordinary and I would like to thank everybody. It was really good,” said Alex, adding that there would be another themed festival next year.