Lo­cal pies top a bor­der ra­dio poll

Alpine Observer - - News -

By STRUAN JONES

PEO­PLE of the re­gion have been care­fully con­sid­er­ing their op­tions, de­cid­ing who to nom­i­nate as num­ber one, cast­ing their vote and par­tic­i­pat­ing in an ex­er­cise of democ­racy.

At around the same time some­thing called the state elec­tion hap­pened, but be­fore that, Gum Tree Pies of Bright was voted as hav­ing the ‘best pies on the bor­der’, by lo­cal com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tion Triple M.

The pop­u­lar pie store on An­der­son Street, which opened its doors last year, has quickly es­tab­lished it­self as a crit­i­cal fix­ture to the town.

Own­ers Melinda and Se­bas­tian Nedziak started hand-mak­ing pies at the sug- ges­tion of Melinda’s sis­ter, and started sell­ing at mar­kets in 2011.

In 2016 the pair opened their first shop in Yackan­dan­dah and quickly ex­panded to Bright, and next year even have plans to open in Beech­worth.

Melinda told the Alpine Ob­server her fam­ily have lived in Yackan­dan­dah for 150 years, adding “so I’m a lo­cal,” whereas Se­bas­tian, Melinda’s hus­band, came to Aus­tralia from Poland 23 years ago via Greece, where he trained as a chef.

He makes all the pies by hand and the fill­ings in 20 litre pots in Yackan­dan­dah.

The whole op­er­a­tion is a fam­ily af­fair. Melinda’s dad helps make the sausage rolls and de­liv­ers the pies, her mum makes the bis­cuits, she makes the cakes, and her brother-in-law helps out with the plumb­ing.

“It’s the qual­ity in­gre­di­ents and a labour of love, and I think peo­ple can taste that in our pies,” she said.

De­spite the award com­ing with noth­ing other than a plaque, Melinda said it was great to be recog­nised.

“We’ve been mak­ing the pies for a while now and sell­ing them mainly at mar­kets, so to be recog­nised by our lo­cal com­mu­nity and our area means a lot to us,” she said.

“We’re re­ally grate­ful for the lo­cal sup­port wher­ever we are. And we ap­pre­ci­ate all of our great staff - we couldn’t be the pie shop we are with­out our lo­cal team.”

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