Joining together to protect the Bridie

20150905- Forfar Bridies'Morna Saddler, chef Jamie Scott, Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace and Karen Murray get to grips with Forfar Bridies  at the Taste of Angus  stall at Dundee Flower and Food Festival. ''Andy Thompson Photography for Angus Council
20150905- Forfar Bridies'Morna Saddler, chef Jamie Scott, Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace and Karen Murray get to grips with Forfar Bridies at the Taste of Angus stall at Dundee Flower and Food Festival. ''Andy Thompson Photography for Angus Council

An application has been lodged to gain European protected status for the much loved Forfar Bridie.

The move is a result of a working collaboration between two well-known Angus bakeries.

Scotland’s Food Secretary Richard Lochhead announced the Forfar Bridie Producers Association, a collaborative team made up of McLaren & Son Bakers and Saddlers of Forfar, were applying for Protected Food Name (PFN) status for the famous Scottish snack.

If successful, the status will offer Forfar Bridies protection against imitation and provide it with increased product awareness.

The Cabinet Secretary said: “Achieving protected status for Forfar Bridies will ensure consumers at home and across the EU have a one hundred per cent guarantee of the product’s authenticity.

“A Forfar Bridie is a delicious, traditional savoury Scottish snack.

“We already have other great Scottish foods, such as Stornoway Black Pudding, Scotch Beef and Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop, which have European protected status and are free from imitation.

“It guarantees the food’s provenance and supports local producers, like the Forfar Bridie Producers Association.”

Karen Murray is the fifth generation of bakers at McLaren & Son in Forfar.

She said: “We’ve been making Forfar Bridies at McLaren’s the Bakers since 1893, and applying for Protected Food Name Status will ensure we protect the heritage of a real Forfar Bridie and that customers can be assured that what they’re eating the real thing. Applying for PFN status will also help us raise awareness of the history behind a real Forfar Bridie, as well as giving a boost to the town and local food and drink in Angus.”

The geographical area for a Forfar Bridie, if the application for protected status is successful, will be the towns of Forfar, Glamis and Kinnettles.