You’re going to want a piece of this one!
Pies. The legendary Australian staple. Something so small but so significant. A must-have for weekends watching sport and the ultimate duo or even trio when matched with the right toppings (we’re looking at you tomato sauce). But, how far would you really go for a good pie?
Turns out, you don’t have to go that far after all.
Forget a planned weekend getaway or even a quick drive down the road, this year, the Southern Highlands annual Pie Time festival are doing things a little differently…
Kicking off on Monday 01 until Sunday 07 June and just in time for National Pie Day (Monday 01 June), Pie Time has now shepherded (that’s a pie pun) its annual festivities into a virtual event so you can celebrate everything this almighty pastry has to offer in pie-solation.
That’s right. To keep to tradition, Southern Highlands Pie Time will be baking up a week-long program of virtual events including cooking classes, pie and pinot masterclasses and even a paddock to plate tour. So, regardless of where you live in Australia, you’ll be able to tune in to grab a virtual slice of the Pie Time festival.
So what can you expect?
Behind the Scenes of 2019’s Best Pie Bakery
Monday 01 June, 12 – 12:30pm
Joined by head baker, Russell Cox, tune in to see how the famous Ned Kelly Pie is made by the team at Heatherbraes Pies Sutton Forest.
Cricket & Pies
Tuesday 02 June, 12 – 12:30pm
Led by Bradman Centre CEO and former New South Wales cricketer, Rina Hore, watch as she uncovers some of Sir Donald Bradman’s treasures whilst savouring the Bradman Pie from the Centre Cafe.
Paddock to Pie Plate
Wednesday 03 June, 12 – 12:30pm
Southern Highlands cattle farmer and butcher, John Mauger will be visiting his Robertson farm showcasing the production of his grass-fed beef and free range chicken pies.
The Ultimate Pie Trail
Thursday 04 June, 12 – 12:30pm
Travel the Southern Pie-Lands trail with local actor Michael T in search of the ultimate pie from some of the region’s acclaimed pie makers.
The Great Meals on Wheels Pie Drive
Friday 05 June, 10:30 – 11am
Graeme Day will make a chicken and leek pie with the baking team at Southern Highlands Meals on Wheels. During the live event Graeme will join manager, Debbie Smith, in making pies that will appear in their annual local community Pie Drive to raise funds for the not-for-profit organisation.
Friday Night Happy Hour Pies
Friday 05 June, 6 – 6:30pm
Join Thomas and Michael (The Crazy Barmen) as they put their humorous take on Southern Highlands’ pies, whilst showcasing local brews and spirits that pair with the delicacy. They’ll also conduct a Pie Trivia Quiz with some great Pie Time merchandise up for grabs.
Sweety Pie and Bubbles
Saturday 06 June, 12 – 12:30pm
Five-star rated Southern Highlands winery, Centennial Vineyards, will take you on a behind the scenes tour with winemaker Tony Cosgriff and cellar door manager Natalie Dare to find out how they make their range of bubbles and how perfectly they can be paired with the sweetest of pies.
Pie and Pinot Masterclass
Sunday 07 June, 4 – 4:30pm
Award-winning winemaker, Eddy Rossi from Southern Highlands Winery and his charismatic Italian chef, Marco, will introduce you to their signature Southern Highlands Pinot cool climate wines whilst presenting their accompanying signature pie dish.