Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

There is noth­ing more Aus­tralian than a good pie and one Balin­gup cafe can name them­selves among the best pie-cre­ators in the coun­try.

The Mush­room @ No. 61 on the Balin­gup main street this month won five awards at the 2018 Of­fi­cial Great Aussie Pie com­pe­ti­tion.

The busi­ness won sil­ver medals for its beef bour­guignon and its smoky bar­be­cue pork and bour­bon pie and bronze medals for its pep­pered steak, beef, mush­room and pink pep­per­corn sauce pie and its mango chicken curry pie.

Owner Gary Daniels said it was won­der­ful to win the awards in such a pres­ti­gious con­test.

“We’re re­ally proud, it’s a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion and it’s won­der­ful recog­ni­tion for a small cafe in a small, South West town,” he said.

Mr Daniels said it was the pies’ high-grade, lo­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents, home-made pas­try, hand­made crafts­man­ship and will­ing­ness to take on new flavours, that made them so spe­cial.

There is plenty of time to try the shop’s award-win­ning pies, which were judged at the com­pe­ti­tion in Mel­bourne on Septem­ber 12, as they will stay on the menu for at least three months — as part of the com­pe­ti­tion stip­u­la­tions.

The pies them­selves had to be couri­ered overnight to Mel­bourne, to be judged the fol­low­ing day.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Mush­room @ No. 61 own­ers Jef­frey Hamid and Gary Daniels proudly dis­play some of their award-win­ning pies.

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