Top pie firm makes sure vegetarians are well fed at Sunderland food festival

Chefs Bob Arora, Mark Earnden, Kenny Atkinson and Dave Coulson at Nissan'Preview of the Delicious Food Festival.
Chefs Bob Arora, Mark Earnden, Kenny Atkinson and Dave Coulson at Nissan'Preview of the Delicious Food Festival.
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AN award-winning pie company is making sure vegetarians have some yummy options at the first Delicious North East Food and Drink Festival.

Jon Liddicoat, 32, founded the New Zealand Gourmet Pie Company last year after moving to Corbridge to get married.

Jon said: “I really missed the taste of home so I decided to recreate it here.

“We’ve got lots of best sellers like steak and cheese and we’ve just won a gold award for our mince and lamb pie at the British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray.

“But we like to cater for all tastes so we’re bringing our goat’s cheese and spinach pies along too. They’re really popular with vegetarians who are sick of the same old offerings and we make the pastry without animal fat.”

The festival is on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 and will feature food and drink stalls, a theatre kitchen where celebrity chefs will be cooking up a storm and a CAMRA ale and cider festival.

Entertainment for children and three pop-up restaurants, Amore, Liberty Brown and Sachins will also be on hand for hungry folk.

Jon said: “It’s going to be a great high-profile event and we can’t wait to get down there and give the people of the North East a chance to taste our pies.”

Festival spokesperson Lesley Callaghan said: “Whether you’re looking for inspirational vegetarian food, great quality organic fruit and vegetables or you just enjoy meat-free dishes from time to time, the Delicious Festival in July will showcase the very best of food and drink from our region and beyond.”

Entry for children under 16 is free. Adult tickets cost £5 when pre-bought from www.deliciousfestival.co.uk or £7 on the door.

If you would like to sign up for a stall call 305 5186 or email lucy.foggin@callaghanmarketing.com

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