Eley’s Of Ironbridge Invited To Take Pork Pies To Japan
An Ironbridge hand raised pork pie producer has been invited to showcase his handmade pies at the Barakura Harvest Festival in Japan during October to introduce them to the country.
Originally a butchers, the Shropshire family run business, Eley’s, has been making the pies from a secret recipe for around 40 years.
A Japanese delegation came to Ironbridge last year after tasting the pies at the Chelsea Flower Show in London where Eley’s were exhibiting. They thought the pies were so good they wanted to make them available to the Japanese people; the invitation to demonstrate at the festival followed. Barakura (www.barakura.co.jp) is the only authentic English garden in the country and their Harvest Festival, 8-12 October, celebrates all things English.
Delighted with the invitation, Richard Eley said: “It is such a compliment to be asked and a fantastic opportunity to showcase our hand raised pork pies on the world stage. During their harvest festival we will show the people of Japan how to make our pork pies – everything that is apart from our secret recipe.”
Richard has given strict instructions as to the ingredients he requires, for example, wheat flour is an essential ingredient rather than the rice flour generally used in the country. He will also be introducing the Japanese to the etiquette of eating pork pies with pickle.
Departing on 4 October, Richard has ambitions for Eley’s of Ironbridge branded products to be sold on the shelves in Japanese supermarkets. Meanwhile anyone in the UK seeking more information can check out www.eleysporkpies.co.uk or visit Eley’s Pork Pie Shop in Tontine Hill, Ironbridge.
Date Posted: 5th October 2009