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Pie & Cider Festival photoblog!

Long-time readers of the blog may have an inkling of my penchant for pastry, whether they be pie, pasty, tarts…trust me carb loading I’m good at, especially when it comes to the good stuff!!!  Belgrave Music Hall held their very first (hopefully of many) Pie & Cider Festival on Easter Sunday and I wasn’t going to miss out on being able to feast!

The line-up was impressive to say the least; with over 50 varieties of pies in different forms….pies, sausage rolls, scotch egg, empanadas, scotch eggs, tarts made by the best Yorkshire producers, including Keelham Farm, Wilsons, WIlkinsons, Beasty Boys, Lishmans, Robinsons Farm Shop, Voakes and The Greedy Pig!! As always, dietary requirements were taken care of  too with a range of goodies for those with intolerances to gluten, wheat or dairy.

To balance out the savoury, there had to be something sweet to keep things in check, so Belgrave regular Noisette Bakehouse was on hand to sort us out with another tour into her culinary wizardry, including a salt caramel brownie pie, taking the infamous salt caramel brownie up a notch!!

After all the feasting to quench the thirst there was also 30 varieties of cider and 20 different ales and beers to take your pick from!!

Here’s a selection of the spread on offer, get ready for some serious pastry action!!

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Gluten free sausage rolls, pork pies and traditional cornish pasties from Voakes
Gluten free sausage rolls, pork pies and traditional cornish pasties from Voakes

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Wilsons sausage rolls
Wilsons sausage rolls
Cornish pasties - Wilsons butchers
Cornish pasties – Wilsons butchers

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Balti pasty - Wilsons butchers
Balti pasty – Wilsons butchers
Pork pies - Wilsons butchers
Pork pies – Wilsons butchers
WIlkinsons Cornish Pasties
WIlkinsons Cornish Pasties
Cheese pasty - Wilkinsons
Cheese pasty – Wilkinsons
Blue Stilton pork pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Blue Stilton pork pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
Pepperoni pork pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Pepperoni pork pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
Pork, apple & stuffing pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Pork, apple & stuffing pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
Mushy pea & mint pork pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Mushy pea & mint pork pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
Pork, cheese & pickle pies - Robinson Farm Shop
Pork, cheese & pickle pies – Robinson Farm Shop
Sweet chilli pork pie - Robinsons Farm Shop
Sweet chilli pork pie – Robinsons Farm Shop
3 bean & roasted veg pie - Keelham Farm Shop
3 bean & roasted veg pie – Keelham Farm Shop
Steak, ale and potato pie - Keelham Farm Shop
Steak, ale and potato pie – Keelham Farm Shop
Pork & Apple pie - Keelham Farm Shop
Pork & Apple pie – Keelham Farm Shop
A selection of pies form Lishmans - chilli, pork and piccalilli
Pork pie – Lishmans, Chilli pie and Piccalilli pie (unknown)
Chicken & veal tongue empanada - Beasty Boys
Chicken & veal tongue empanada – Beasty Boys
Scotch eggs!
Scotch eggs!

Now for the sweet stuff, courtesy of Noisette Bakehouse!!

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Pineapple and black pepper hand pies
Strawberry balsamic crumble
Strawberry balsamic crumble
Spiced pear crumble pie
Spiced pear crumble pie
Chocolate, salt caramel, peanut and nougat tart
Chocolate, salt caramel, peanut and nougat tart
Freedom banana cream pies
Freedom banana cream pies
Szarlotka
Szarlotka
Salt caramel brownie
Salt caramel brownie

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Lemon meringue pie
Lemon meringue pie

Meat maestros Bangers & Bacon were back serving the people some pork delight, including award winning sausages from Jimmy’s Farm!

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Pig $ chips – sausages and cheese on chips, covered in homemade gravy and crispy onions

Of course, I wasn’t going to just take photos and leave without eating something, no chance!!

Pork, apple & stuffing pie
Pork, apple & stuffing pie

Pork, apple and stuffing pie

Such a winner of a pie from Robinsons Farm Shop, definitely a pork pie with a difference. It was like a mini meal in itself; beautiful pastry, lovely seasoned pork and stuffing all topped with chunky apple!! So good!!

I went home with a small bounty to graze on as well, it frankly would’ve been rude not to!

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Top left: pineapple and black pepper hand pie, top right: Szarlotka, bottom: spiced pear crumple pie – Noisette Bakehouse
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Chicken & veal tongue empanada – Beasty boys and pork pie (can’t remember which producer it was!)

I’d tried the empanada from the Beasty Boys at one of Belgrave’s feasts last year and loved it then, this was equally as good and I immediately wished I bought more of them! Lovely crisp, yet flaky pastry and a filling that was meaty with a delicate smokiness. Delicious!! The pork pie caught me a little by surprise, only because I’d asked for a steak, potato and ale one at the time, nevertheless, I was still more than happy as it was delicious. Not too much jelly which was great for me, beautiful pork filling and its pastry casing wasn’t too thick.

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Ah, that pineapple and black pepper hand pie was my first of the three sweet options to get wolfed down! So good that i’d love it to be a regular on the Bakehouse menu!! It’s a bit like a pimped up turnover, the pineapple gives it some oomph and the black pepper brought its innate sweet and sourness out even more! 

To say I was happy was an understatement!!!

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

1-1A Belgrave Street,

Leeds

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My 2014 Favourites!

The time of year has come where we make lists of our favourite things, for me as a so-called food blogger, it’s time for me to look back at some of the memorable eating experiences I’ve had. So with that in mind I’ve scoured the last year and picked out my favourites.

These aren’t in any particular order by the way:

1. The Man Behind The Curtain – whether Leeds’ food and drink scene is heading towards a Michelin star is debatable, the execution of the food and the service here are second to none and deserves to have praise heaped on it. The food is innovative, aesthetically beautiful and exquisite to boot.

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Part of the degustation menu

2. NOM Deli: one of the things I enjoy about food blogging is meeting people. I’m not the most out-going person, but this has brought me out of my shell more, and talking to like-minded individuals who base their work around the love of food is very inspiring. So when meeting the team from NOM Deli that’s what happened, they love the food from their native homeland and are serving their take on Banh Mi, bun and pho in Leeds city centre. I remember vividly trying the Banh Mi at Kirkstall Deli Market and being completely blown away by it! I’m definitely hoping to visit them again, to try out their Friday evening menu in the new year! Fancy reading about my experience at NOM, click here.

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Banh Mi with BBQ pork

3. Stuzzi – this is another one of those wonderful combinations of brilliant food produced by the most passionate of people! I know I’ve recently written about this team, but what the hell because I adore their Italian food and their infectious love for their cuisine! Both of my Stuzzi experiences at the Belgrave Music Hall residency and at their new home in Harrogate have been memorable. To read about my Stuzzi encounters click here.

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Stuzzichini sharing box

4. Tartine Bakery, San Francisco – this summer I spent seven days exploring the city to the fullest. If I was to choose one from the many amazing eats we had on that trip, for me it would have to be the afternoon we spent in the Mission District, firstly joining the back of an already long queue that hugged the building, then admiring and drooling over their beautiful bakes from afar. Having eyes on stalks to grab a table as soon as one came free then slowly devouring the prettiest tarts ever!!! The fresh fruit tart and lemon cream tart were both an absolute delight – so light and dreamy. A absolute must visit!! To read my experience of patisserie heaven in San Francisco, click here.

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Lemon cream tart

5. The Reliance – this isn’t necessarily based on one of my most recent reviews, our annual Christmas lunch, but also from eating here many times over the years. It’s a firm favourite in my eyes delivering on many levels and all important ones for me; great food served at reasonable prices, lovely staff all found in a relaxed space. Our Christmas lunch a few weeks ago just reaffirmed this for me! To read about my last couple of visits click here.

Meatball sandwich
Meatball sandwich
Confit duck
Confit duck

6. Le Langhe – this Italian restaurant in York won me over with it’s perfect pasta, so much so that we ordered seconds! Simplicity in its ingredients, yielding tasty results, I could eat a bowl of that silky pasta all over again as I type, it was so good!! Click here to have a read of my visit.

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Game ragu

7. Belgrave Feast – Oh I’ve eaten, and I’ve eaten well over the last year, enjoying amazing street food at Belgrave’s monthly feast!! I’ve gone on ALOT about the Belgrave in 2014 making it a difficult one to whittle down, so I thought which would I always go to time after time, without question I would have to pick out Arepa!Arepa!Arepaand Fu-Schnikens!! Both are extremely comforting, more-ish and damn tasty! 

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SobreBarriga Arepa
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Gua Bao with sticky ox cheek

Where have you had some memorable meals and why?

http://www.themanbehindthecurtain.co.uk

http://www.nomdeli.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stuzzi/356068864465742

http://www.tartinebakery.com

http://www.the-reliance.co.uk

http://www.lelanghe.co.uk

http://www.belgravemusichall.com

http://arepaarepaarepa.blogspot.co.uk