Viewpoints from Aussie Cuisine

  • AussieCuisine works towards representing Australian gastronomy by identifying and creating awareness of its diverse national dishes. The AussieCuisine team believes that we should be proud of our food, as our national dishes, even one as simple as the iconic meat pie, provide us with a strong sense of identity.

  • Despite of its British origins, the iconic ‘pie with sauce’ is considered a quintessential Aussie meal. Introduced to Australia by British settlers, the Aussie meat pie differs to its British counterpart, the steak pie, as here it is almost always accompanied by tomato sauce. The humble Aussie meat pie can be found throughout Australia, from food stalls, bakeries, supermarkets, service stations and universally available at pretty much every sporting event in the land.

  • The meat pie is an essential part of Australia’s food heritage and it became a popular dish in the Australia’s gold rush era. London-born William Francis King, aka the Flying Pieman, was undoubtedly Sydney’s best-known hawker. He was an eccentric character who used to make and sell meat pies to ferry passengers at Circular Quay from 1842.

By Winsor Dobbin

A new culinary festival has been launched to celebrate an Australian food icon – the pie.

The Southern Highlands in New South Wales will celebrate gourmet pies in all their guises with the inaugural Pie Time festival throughout June.

The region claims to be home to “Australia’s best pies” and the new festival will feature a series of mouth-watering pie-themed events.

“We all know Australians just love a local pie,” says Steve Rosa, manager for Tourism and Events at Destination Southern Highlands.

“The Southern Highlands has a large saturation of quality pie producers with everything from your top-notch gourmet pies, to family winter warmers and deliciously sweet dessert pies.

“What better way to demonstrate some pie parochialism than with a pie festival, pie trail, pie competition and related pie events featuring over 30 local pie sites including bakeries, cafes, restaurants, hotels and associated businesses in the Southern Highlands.”

At last a festival that everyone can afford to enjoy rather than those featuring Michelin-starred chefs flow in from around the globe at great expense.

The Pie Time Festival, to be held June 24-25 in Bowral’s Corbett Gardens will feature pie tasting, beer and pie matching, cooking demonstrations, pie eating competitions, music and more.

The Best Pie Competition – a pie competition for professional and apprentice bakers plus a local community entry category with people’s choice awards will be held June 22-23 at the same venue, while the Pie Trail will allow visitors to tour bakeries and sample locally made pies from over 30 local pie outlets.

Dine with a Pie will see gourmets sample the region’s signature pies at hotels, cafes and restaurants available only for the month of June.

“Pies can be enjoyed at all of the Southern Highlands’ key attractions and spectacular locations,” Rosa said. “It really will be the destination to experience, enjoy and worship the great Australian pastime of eating the great Australian pie.”

For more information on Pie Time visit To book a stay in the Southern Highlands for Pie Time 2017, visit or call 1300 657 559.

Dobbin, W. (4 April 2017). New festival celebrates a great Australian culinary icon – the dinky-di pie. On the Road Again: Travelling, Eating and Drinking with Winsor Dobbin. Retrieved from