Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Tuesday February 10 2009
Wigans crown for the 'World Centre of the Pie` has been challenged by a little known town situated close to Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, yes Mirfield, home to whippets, mufflers and female wrestlers now claim to be ready to take our place at the top of the Pie Charts.
The Mayor of Mirfield, a Mr Keith (what else) Sibbald says there should be a contest to see who really is the crust when it comes to Meat n Tator and Steak n Kidley, hmm Keith that`s a little like Batley FC challenging Brazil to a five-a-side game to be played in clogs.
It is National Pie Week the 2nd - 8th March and Keith feels this would be a good time and stage to plate up the contest and go fork to fork, his regalness Mayor o`t Town said:
'We think that pie-makers in Wigan having been living in dreamland for years.
'Those of us over here know the truth, that you have been carrying the title in name alone.
'Apart from the fact that we couldn't possibly admit that people in Lancashire can do anything better than we can in Yorkshire, we know that we are better than you in most things, and certainly cricket and rugby league (but not football and that`s what matters)
'And our pie-makers have won so many awards that there is no doubt that our pies are the best; we are light years ahead in terms of taste and quality.'
Very eloquently put for a Yorkie there Keith but I feel you are clutching at straws and no body is interested in Rugby League any more, is it still played?
Any way to the matter at hand, Wigans very own Keith, Keith Bergman who is the director of tourism for Wigan has made a diplomatic reply full of kindness but still pointing out that on this side of the Pennines time progresses, Mr Bergman said:
'Essential Catering magazine this month described Wigan as the pie capital of the world.'
Big endorsement indeed, Bergman continues:
'Wiganers would like to thank Mirfield and its mayor for the challenge.
'We are sure your pies are wonderful and are flattered that you recognise ours as the standard for the whole country.
'Although Wigan can't put a claim on inventing pies, we did, as a town, make them a northern staple as a self-contained lunch package for miners.'
Bergers then went on to let Mr Mayor know that Wigan is a town moving with the times, we have a Starbucks don`t you know and TWO Subways, he finished off with:
'Visitors to Wigan today are more likely to find as much fine dining as fine pie.
'We remain, though, proud of our past, our pies and our culinary heritage.'
Well said Bergers, so Keith of Mirfield, keep your whippets and mufflers, wouldn`t mind looking at them female wrestlers though, on second thoughts if the wife found out, Wigan is the undisputed Pie Kingdom and yes we are in Lancashire so take your challenge and stick it in one of your pies.
As a side note Keith, if you want a true Wiganer to sample some of your culinary delights I can be contacted here I don`t mind travelling if the pies are free ;)
Have you ever wondered why Egypts top two strikers ended up at Wigan Athletic?
Well it was the Egyptians that invented the pie so what better place for Amr Zaki and Mido to go and play but the Pie Dome, Jos Rol web site give this as the 'History of the Pie`:
The Story of the Pie
It is believed that the humble pie dates back to the Egyptian period of around 2000 B.C. The Egyptians passed the goodness and knowledge of pie onto the Greeks between 1400 B.C. and 600 B.C. sometime during the decline of Egypt and the Greek settlements.
From Greece the pie spread to Rome in around 100 B.C. The first known pie recipe came from the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie.
Pies appeared in England in the 12th century and were predominantly meat pies - a tradition that remains today! The crust of the pie was referred to as the "coffyn" and there was generally more crust than filling
Visit the Pie web site here
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