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