Pie in the Sky Research

This is from Friday’s i paper, a reminder that English eccentricity is still alive and well – at least up north.

A meat and potato pie was “Sent into space” yesterday, attached to a weather balloon. The pastry lifted off in Wigan in advance of the World Pie Eating Championships, which begins on Tuesday next week at Harry’s Bar in Wigan.

A camera has been attached to the pie to monitor its activity during the ascent. Organisers believe the pie will freeze on its ascent, which they hope will reach 100,000 feet, and be cooked on its descent. During the championships, competitors will try to eat a pie with a diameter of 12cm and a depth of 3.5cm as quickly as possible.

Tony Callaghan, owner of Harry’s Bar, said: “We are aware that scientists have been experimenting with plants on the International Space Staton  to see if their molecular structure changes, so we are experimenting with pies to see if the structure changes with space travel and allows the pie to be eaten quicker.”

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