Local pies top a border radio poll
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.”