2017 Year of Legends Pie Challenge Launches!
With 2017 being designated by Visit Wales as the Year of Legends, the North East Wales tourism team saw it only fit to celebrate this with another great foodie challenge – the Legendary Pie Challenge.
The region’s talented cooks and chefs have been asked to enter a pie, be it sweet or savoury, that will tell a story about the region. The pie must be made of ingredients sourced wholly from within Wales.
There have been 16 entries received, from across Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham, who will be required to feature the dish on their menus from 16th January to 12th February 2017.
They are required to promote the dish both within the establishment and across social media. During that period, each participating venue will receive two ‘mystery diner’ visits from members of the public and/or food journalists. The three highest scoring establishments will then go through to the final at the end of February before the overall winner is decided by a panel of judges.
The winning establishment will have to opportunity to host a stall at the 2017 Wrexham Food Festival, to sell their winning legendary pie.
So, where can you try a legendary pie?
The Lemon Tree, Wrexham – Lamb Cawl Pie with Minted Mashed Potato and Buttered Greens
The Fat Boar, Wrexham – Duck, Black Pudding and chorizo Pie with Sweet Potato Fries
The Royal Oak, Bangor-On-Dee – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mud Pie
The Alyn, Rossett - Turkey, Welsh cured bacon pie with Cabbage, bacon & potato hash with roasted carrots
The Boathouse, Chirk – Chirk Estate Game Pie with own-grown seasonal vegetables and herbs
Caffi Wylfa, Chirk – Welsh Steak, Ale and Blue Cheese Pie
The Mulberry Inn, Llwynmawr – Short Pastry Pie crust filled with slowed cooked lamb simmered in Mead with apricots
Soughton Hall, Northop - Red Dragon Welsh Cawl Pie - served in a delicious shortcrust suet pastry with leek & potato mash and seasonal greens.
The Fat Boar, Mold - Welsh rarebit & ham pie, creamed leek potatoes, with a lava bread pasty
Afonwen Craft Centre, Nr Caerwys - Lamb and seasonal vegetable pie, cooked with Hafod ale
The Buck House Hotel, Bangor-On-Dee - Chicken, Smoked bacon Pie, Horseradish Cheese dauphinoise potatoes & leeks
The Holt Lodge Hotel – (The Holt Pii) Lamb, Leeks and Potato
Set The Bar (Bar and Bistro), Wrexham - Slow cooked steak with oxtail in a rich beefy gravy, topped with buttery carrot and swede mash.
Bellis Brothers Garden Centre and Restaurant, Holt - 'Strawberry Dodger's Pork Pie with a Welsh mead and Caramelised onion chutney' made with local pork, homegrown onions and a Welsh mead
Wrexham Museum, Wrexham - Dragon pie - Jones Brothers Welsh Black Beef, Purple Moose Ale, Perl Las Cheese and braised leeks with scotch bonnet chilli jam
One Planet Adventure, Llandegla - 'The Hogfather' featuring Ham hock, Jacks Nana's secret pastry, Llandegla Forest heather honey and Welsh mustard. With guest appearances from pickled red cabbage, creamy mash and a white wine and wholegrain mustard sauce.
(We advise you to please check serving times by calling each venue in advance)