Backing the Blues

April 25, 2016

The last couple of months I’ve been working on a book that is going to celebrate the food culture of Leicestershire and Rutland. I’m not going to say more just now, but one of the great things about doing it was a chance to speak to some of the fine businesses that are developing our food culture.

Now much as food is very important to me what really gets me motivated is Leicester City, where I’ve had a season ticket for getting for 25 years.  Maybe you’ve heard but we’re doing quite well at the moment – and thus I’m delighted to see food businesses, including several I got to know through writing the book, have responded to the Backing the Blues campaign and are doing something special for the campaign’s key day of 29 April.


Walker’s Backing the Blues pies are designed by Master Pie Maker and City fan Ian Heircock. Here he is teaching me how to make a pie back in the days when we were rubbish. City, that is. Not me and Ian.

Walker’s are producing three limited edition, City-linked pork pies with distinctive designs that be available on the day fromtheir famous Cheapside store. One is  for Steve Walsh (the ex-captain rather than the current genius talent scout) and Wes Morgan, then there’s  also the “Fluted Fox” and the Riyad Mahrez Melton Mowbray Pork Pie in honour of the  PFA player of the year (I assume they know he’s a Muslim? Oh well…).  There will just 50 each of the £3 pies available on the 29th and each purchaser will have the chance to win pork pies for a year. You might even get to meet Walshy.


Crafty Burger, the Rutland and Derby, 33 Cank St and Maiyango are among others doing something special. All right, it’s a PR bandwagon, but this is a very special time  – let’s all make the most of it.

My fellow blogger Laura over has done us all a favour by compiling a directory of all the businesses pitching in, so why not pop over to Extreme Housewifery and see how you can join in the fun?






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