As the temperature dips in the region, the Southern Highlands is in preparation mode for the month of June, as it becomes the ‘Southern Pie-lands’, celebrating the humble and beloved Pie. The Pie Trail will see over 30 local pie outlets as the hero venues for locals and visitors to experience a locally made pie whilst also having the opportunity to dine out on an array of exclusive signature pies on offer from participating businesses throughout the Southern Highlands during June, otherwise known as Pie Time.
Also throughout Pie Time, people have the opportunity to undertake a Pie themed event such as Pie Dinners, Lunches and High Teas, Pie Cooking Classes, Pie Tours, Pie Drives, Pie Competitions, Pie Short Break stays and much more.
With so much on, we have rounded up the top Pies to try and events to attend:
Top 5 Pies
‘Edna’ Pie from Stones Patisserie – High Street Arcade, Bowral
Mark Stone has named the pie after his late grandmother and it is filled with a warming combination of beef, mushrooms and red wine.
‘Eden’ Pie from Gumnut Patisserie – Berrima, Mittagong and Bowral
A mouthwatering combination of beef that is braised overnight in a specialty beer from the Eden Brewery. The braised beef is then pulled apart and added to a homemade Smokey BBQ sauce along with vegetables and scooped into a savoury short pastry, lidded with real butter puff pastry top.
‘Bushman’ Pie from Heatherbraes Pies – Heatherbrae or Sutton Forrest
A tempting and classic combination of chopped beef, onions and bacon, simmered with carrots, parsnips and mushrooms.
The ‘Bernie’ from Southern Rise Bakery – Moss Vale or Robertson
A collaborative effort with Bernie’s Diner, this pulled pork winter warmer with an all-butter puff top and a shortcrust base was the ‘2017 Southern Highlands overall Best Pie Winner’.
The ‘Rooster’ from Robertson Pie Shop – Illawarra Highway, Robertson
Cooked to perfection chicken with hints of leek & camembert.
Top 5 Events
Pinot & Pie Dinner
Saturday 2 June 2018
Eschalot Restaurants E2 Event Centre, Old Hume Highway Berrima
A special event just to commence the Pie Time celebrations with a seven (7) course pie-themed dinner with matching award-winning local Cuttaway Hill Pinot Wines served by hatted Chef and restaurant owner Richard Kemp and Cuttaway Hill Wine Maker Mark Bourne, in a historic venue.
NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition
Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 June 2018
A trade and community event open to anyone who produces pies in NSW and the ACT – bakers, pie makers, chefs, cooks, and home bakers are eligible to enter. Six pie categories include red meat, white meat, vegetarian, seafood, sweet, and a new artisan category. This year, the competition is held further ahead of the PieFest allowing bakers from near and wide to pit pie against pie, and to be able to keep up with the baking demands so that pies are available for public tasting and purchases at PieFest on 23-24 June.
Pie Cooking Classes
Saturday 16 June 2018 – The Cooks Cooking School Bowral
A hands-on cooking class for a maximum of 12 people exploring the world of pastry and pie making from savoury to sweet pies, including a delicious Lemon Meringue. Guest cooks are Southern Highlands locals, Lisa and Norma McGill.
Saturday 23 June – Sunday 24 June 2018
Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse, 460 Kangaloon Road, Bowral
PieFest is the signature event of Pie Time this June in the Southern Highlands. The two-day festival will showcase everything that is to love about PIES, and will provide the opportunity to taste and enjoy the best of the best from the NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition – Southern Highlands. PieFest features market stalls, pie cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, family fun and loads more. There will be stacks of pies, plus wine, beer, cider and spirits from the Southern Highlands and further afield.
Pie Cycle Tours
Friday 1 June – Saturday 30 June 2018
A unique and healthy way to see the Southern Highlands during Pie Time is on an electric bike with Cycle Tours NSW who are operating guided ‘Pie Cycle’ Tours from the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre Mittagong and visiting the picturesque Artemis Winery for their special Asian Duck Pie with Pinot Noir or Rabbit & Mustard Pie with their owned brewed Amber Ale. Then it’s onto award-winning Gumnut Patisserie for Fruit Flan Dessert Pie, all within a 2-3 hour experience. Other Pie themed cycle tours are available.
For further information and bookings to events, visit: www.pietime.com.au