Monday 24 November 2014

Pierate’s 5th Birthday Pie-rty

Celebrating 5 years of with our second pie party/contest!

Pierate Pie Party Guests

We’ve been talking about it for weeks, but on Saturday 22nd November we completed our ‘Month of birthday surPIEses’ – in celebration of 5 years since began! Having celebrated International Pierate Day 2014 less than two weeks ago, we gave almost 60 guests the chance to rate some pies at our 5th Birthday Pie-rty, held in Birmingham.

Pierate Pie Party Guests
The party kicked off with a big welcome to the many guests who attended as people dropped off their homemade pies and got ready for a fun evening of pie eating and rating. Pierateer RAS kicked off proceedings with a brief “pie-light reel” of some of the exciting developments that have happened aboard the Pierate Ship over the past five years – in particular our various radio and television appearances in the last twelve months and judging at the British Pie Awards 2014.

Dinner by The London Pie and Mash Company
This was swiftly followed by dinner time! You’ll be pleased to know that dinner and dessert pie eating took up the two largest chunks of time in the “pie chart” produced for the evening! The Pierateers had organised for dinner to be provided by The London Pie and Mash Company, a relatively new company who are able to cater for parties, festivals and other events. They served up, unsurprisingly, traditional London pie and mash – the name really does give it away! These minced beef pies, mash potato and liquor went down really well with the party guests, and many people enjoyed trying the vinegar and liquor with their pie for the first time. The vegetarian pies were filled with seasonal vegetables and got very good comments from those who tried one too.

Pierate Pie Party Homemade Pies
The brilliant homemade pies!
The London Pie and Mash Company did a great job of catering for the 60 guests, taking over the hall’s kitchen and providing hot pie and mash for the guests. I’d wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone else organising a pie party or event. And if you think the pies look familiar, that’s because The London Pie and Mash Company use the authentic London pies made in London by Eel House Ltd pies – who we have already rated as “Pierate Recommended” with a great 5.73/7! (Click on the link and you can find out how to order some Eel House Ltd pies yourself!)

Following in the footsteps of our Pierate Pie Contest 2013, guests had the chance to bring their own pie creations – this time for dessert – with a wide range of pies (and a few “pies”) brought along and thoroughly enjoyed! There was a great selection of dessert pies provided, ranging from the traditional apple and fruit pies to chocolate and cherry and one containing three snickers bars! Naturally the guests were told about the 7 Cs of pie rating and able to give the pies they tried a pie rating!

You can read about and see more pictures of the pies that were eaten and rated at our 5th Birthday Pie-rty in our "Pies at the Pierate Party" article!

Paul's Pies Pie Review
Paul's Pies as pie-rizes!

All in all the pie party flew by and with a quick game of pass the piecel to end the night on, featuring some delicious Paul's Pies as the pie-rizes, everyone went home happy (particularly those who had baked a homemade pie, who got to take home one of Paul’s Highly Rated Pies with them as a big thank you!) Thanks to Paul’s Pies for providing a big box of their delicious pies for pie-rizes!

Pierateer RAS had this to say at the end of the night: "Many thanks to all those who helped in setting up and setting down the venue - I couldn't have done it without you! - and those who brought pies along. It was a pietastic evening of fun with friends and family! While there was unfortunately not time to work out whose homemade pie won in the end, I think we can all safely say that ‘everyone was a winner’ after an evening of fabulous pies from The London Pie and Mash Company and our home bakers!"

Here’s to many more fun pie nights ahead!

Pierateer Rob with Olac, from The London Pie and Mash Company


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