Thursday, 1 January 2015
2014 Pierate Pie-lights!
This article cannot do Pierate's 2014 highlights justice. In a year that has included our most incredible British Pie Week efforts (55 pies in total) and our first ever radio, tv and online apperances with the BBC, it seems all our wishes came true! And I thought 2013 was a vintage year for Pierate!
But along has come 2014 with even more spectacular highlights – so many that I couldn’t possibly mention them all here, but here are just a few from 2014 in our year end review:
The launch of our Pierate Treasure Map - showing you where the UK (and world's) top pies have been rated. Is there a Pierate Highly Recommended pie near you?!
Our amazing V-I-P treatment at Morecambe Football Club, where we got to rate their top football pies (which still top our Pieremiership Table) and were filmed for their online channel, Shrimps Player, which you can view on youtube.
We added our "About Us" page, which has had over 3,000 views this year!
We introduced the #PiePledge, a way to commit to doing something pie related during British Pie Week! This also included making our own Pierateer Pie Pledges!
Our first radio appearance! Featuring for an hour on BCfm Radio in Bristol on the Food Show!
TOP 6 HIGHLIGHT - British Pie Week and all 55 pies consumed by the Pierateers in it! So many highlights, we had to do a whole day-by-day account of it, including a Python pie, a day of just eating apple pie and Pierateer SJL eating 21 pies - one for every meal of British Pie Week.
TOP 6 HIGHLIGHT - Pierateer SJL proving that you can eat pie and lose weight!!! Yes, we can hardly believe it either!
One of our most highly rated exotic pies - Crocodile Pie from Nice Pie!
TOP 6 HIGHLIGHT - Pierateer TJP judging at the British Pie Awards 2014, where Pierateer RAS was media correspondent!
Celebrating 150,000 pageviews with an appearance on BBC Local Radio!
The publishing of "Pies: A Complete Guide to Everything You Need to Know" by TJP.
Our regularly updated World Cup Pie Blog - which had well over 1,000 views!
Celebrating 150 years of pie making with Robinson's Bakery in Manchester.
Our first ever Pie Book Review - 92 pies by Tom Dickinson.
Our confirmation that we did not graffiti "The Pies" on a motorway bridge on the M6!
The world's first ever Piecnic took place - and we created a video to celebrate 500 pie posts on Pierate!
Our most popular "reci-pie" article to date featured pies from Great British Bake Off stars Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood going head-to-head in a pie-off!
We celebrated 200,000 page views with new Honourary Pierateers - Ashleigh and Olivia!
TOP 6 HIGHLIGHT - Our first ever TV appearance came on the Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice programme, featuring Michel Roux Jnr rating the Pierateer's Crocodile Pie!
The launch on 26th September of the first of a weekly pie news update - Pieday Friday!
TOP 6 HIGHLIGHT - Featuring on the BBC Sport Website in a video on the "Pies of Football" for the Price of Football Study 2014, including travelling up to Morecambe FC to rate their latest Pork and Irn Bru pie!
Travelling up to Wigan to meet fellow pie fanatic and "Life of Pies" book author Martin!
Celebrating our 5th Birthday on 12th November – a day now known as “International Pierate Day”
TOP 6 HIGHLIGHT - Our first ever Birthday Pie-rty to celebrate Pierate being 5 years old!
A rather unique and Christmassy "Partridge in a Pear Pie" review - once again from Nice Pie!
And who can forget to mention:
We can’t take for granted getting over 1,500 followers on twitter! Thanks so much for following and tweeting @pierateers
We certainly won’t forget the record-breaking 224 posts made this year in a hurry, making it the most productive year yet! Here’s to many more pies and reviews in 2015!