Forfar bridie goes for PGI status

The Forfar Bridie could join the growing list of foods to be awarded protected geographical status by the EU.

Angus Council has submitted an application for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Forfar Bridie, a horseshoe-shaped pastry filled with minced steak, butter and beef suet seasoned with salt and pepper.

The bridie is thought to have originated in Forfar in the mid-19th century and achieved wider fame after being mentioned by local author, J.M.Barrie. Forfar bakeries traditionally use shortcrust pastry, and minced onions are often added.

An Angus Council spokesman said: “We are currently in discussions with the food and drink division of the Scottish government, to ensure that our application for PGI status for the Forfar bridie meets all the correct criteria for a successful application.

“The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has recently given us useful advice regarding the content of the draft application.”

If successful, it would be the second Angus product to have its name protected, following the Arbroath smokie in 2004. However, the Forfar bridie may be in for a long wait. Cornish pasties recently joined the PGI list after a nine-year campaign, while it took Melton Mowbray pies ten years to gain the coveted recognition, in a battle fraught with legal wrangling and opposition.


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