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Shropshire’s fidget pie takes on regional taste test (19th January 2012)

A campaign has been launched to pit Shropshire’s famous fidget pie against other regional delicacies across Britain in a new national competition. Ludlow Food Centre makes the pie, which includes gammon, onions, apples and cider. Bosses say it should go head-to-head with other foods which are tied to a particular region or area, such as the Cornish pasty.

The new competition is part of an EU-backed campaign to raise awareness of Protected Geographical Indication. PGI is a mark for food which has a guaranteed regional origin.

The historic fidget pie is now possibly the only unique county food, first cooked up in Shropshire kitchens about 400 years ago.

There are 20 UK products with PGI status including Herefordshire cider and perry, Worcestershire cider and perry, Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Welsh lamb.

A further 29 are currently applying for PGI status, including Lincolnshire pork sausages.

Tom Hunt, marketing manager at Ludlow Food Centre, said: “We make the fidget pie here at the centre.

“All the ingredients are sourced from the local area. It’s truly a local pie.

“Other things we associate with Shropshire aren’t local at all.

“Shrewsbury biscuits are also made all over the world so the fidget is probably the only local product left.”

Laura Dodds of Meat Promotion Wales, which is leading the EU-backed PGI campaign, said: “We want to find out what the nation’s favourite regional food and drink products are .

Shropshire residents can nominate the fidget at welshlamb@golleyslater.co.uk