Cel­e­brat­ing the Fes­ti­val of Pies

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PIE EATERS unite — June’s around the cor­ner and that means it’s time again for Aus­tralia’s big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery­thing pies in NSW’S South­ern High­lands … that be­comes the South­ern Pie-lands for all of June.

Based in the towns of Bowral, Mit­tagong and Moss Vale and the many pic­turesque lit­tle moun­tain vil­lages around them, the South­ern High­lands have more pie bak­eries and pie out­lets per capita than any other re­gion in Aus­tralia, and is ar­guably the un­of­fi­cial Pie Cap­i­tal of the coun­try.

Last year’s in­au­gu­ral South­ern High­lands’ Pie Time drew thou­sands of pie-lovers to the High­lands through the month of June who, with en­thu­si­as­tic lo­cals, chomped their way through just over 100,000 pies — and which helped win Pie Time a ma­jor award in the 2017 Qan­tas Tourism Awards for best des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing cam­paigns.

And last year’s South­ern High­lands Best Pie Com­pe­ti­tion has been ex­panded this year to be­come the NSW and ACT Best Pie Com­pe­ti­tion, with five cat­e­gories of pies both savoury and sweet, with the win­ning pies be­ing avail­able for visi­tors to search out and chomp into.

Plus Pie Time’s month long cel­e­bra­tions will cul­mi­nate in a two-day “Pie Fest” on the week­end of June 23 and 24 that show­cases all things pies and their best ac­com­pa­ny­ing wines, beers, ciders and spir­its made in the South­ern High­lands, and fur­ther afield, will this year be held at the vast Bong Bong Pic­nic Race­course just out­side Bowral to ac­com­mo­date a greater num­ber of stallholders and ac­tiv­i­ties — and with plenty of vis­i­tor park­ing as last year more than 4000 at­tended the week­end.

Or­gan­is­ers sug­gest pie-lovers in­ter­ested in vis­it­ing this year’s Pie Time book any ac­com­mo­da­tion needs early, and can do this and get any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, by phon­ing Des­ti­na­tion South­ern High­lands on 1300 657 559 or vis­it­ing www.vis­it­south­ern­high­lands.com.au

Also ask about Pie Time’s Pinot and Pie Tours, Pie Trike Tours and the Pie-cy­cle for cycling en­thu­si­asts to en­joy their sport and a pie or three along the way.

The NSW towns of Bowral, Mit­tagong and Moss Vale are busy baking in prepa­ra­tion for next month's South­ern High­lands Pie Fest. RIGHT: Try a ‘Sweet Emily’ - a fig dessert pie with ice cream or fresh cream at the Brad­man Mu­seum’s Stumps Cafe - named af­ter the Don’’s mum.

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