Pieminister is inviting community-spirited people to apply for free pies to share at community events and charity fundraisers they have planned. The famous Bristol-based pie makers have pledged to give away more than 10,000 of their award winning pies over the summer. They hope these pie donations (or Little Acts of Pie-ness) will bring people together for good times with pies while giving a whole host of worthy causes a helping hand.
Pieminister Co-founder and MD Jon Simon, says, “We believe that one good turn definitely deserves another, which is why we want to help those who help others, with a delicious donation of pies. Requests from good causes flood in to PMHQ every week and we try to help as many as possible. But we hope that by devoting our summer to doing little acts of pie-ness we can help more people with pies than ever before. The pies we will be giving away are a selection from our award winning ranges which have been frozen to avoid wastage. Our pies are sold fresh but when we have a surplus batch we freeze them down ready to put them to good use at a later date – and what better use can there be than lots of little acts of pie-ness!”
All events will be considered, large or small, as long as they’re not-for-profit and the organisers are able to collect the pies themselves from one of Pieminister’s cafes or restaurants. Whether it’s a party in support of a registered charity, to help a friend in need or to give a local community project a boost, organisers should visit www.pieminister.co.uk/littleactsofpieness to apply. From street parties and office raffles to charity dinners or pop-up pie stalls – every application will be looked at.
Applying for pies is simple: just fill out the online application form, cross fingers and wait. Pieminister will get in touch within 14 days of the application with their decision. If the application meets the criteria and there are still pies available for that date, Pieminister will supply the quantity of pies required along with eco-takeaway boxes, wooden cutlery and napkins, free of charge. Then all that the events organisers need to do is collect them from their chosen Pieminister shop to cook them up and serve.
Not just a comforting staple for cold winter nights, Pieminister pies make a great al fresco feast in the summer months too. In fact Pieminister pies first found fame at Glastonbury in the summer of 2004, when festival-goers flocked to their stall to fuel on pies. And Pieminister’s new Open Top pie range, lightly baked and topped with a béchamel sauce (so 30% less pastry) lend themselves perfectly to a summer of salad days. Try the Tipsy Chick made with free range British chicken, summer vegetables and Somerset’s Orchard Pig Cider or one of two vegetarian, Mediterranean-inspired pies; the Mighty Aphrodite (aubergine, green lentils and red pepper) or Green Goddess (spinach, feta, butternut squash and chick peas). These new pies are delicious cold too.
Like Pieminister’s Classics, the Open Top pies are available in all Pieminister’s restaurants and cafes nationwide and online through Ocado or Pieminister’s online shop.
Pieminister is a family business which was set up by brother-in-law’s Jon Simon and Tristan Hogg on Stokes Croft, Bristol in2003. Passionate about supporting British Farmers and suppliers with high farm animal welfare standards, Jon and Tristan’s pies are made in their kitchens in Bristol with British ingredients including 100% free range British meat and locally-sourced beers, ciders and cheeses.
Visit www.pieminister.co.uk/littleactsofpieness to find out more, apply for pies and to see the number of Little Acts of Pie-ness ramp up over the summer. And any #LittleActsofPieness images posted could feature on Pieminister’s Random Acts of Pie-ness gallery.