Hunt is on for Valley’s best pie
RICHMOND Valley bakers: brush off your oven mitts, get out your pastry rollers and prepare for the great Aussie pie bake-off.
The upcoming Australia Day weekend will see the organising committee of the official Richmond Valley Australia Day celebrations host a competition valley-wide to see who has the best Aussie pie.
Chair of the committee, George Thompson said "we are giving plenty of notice to entrants as we expect a great deal of competition from ambitious amateurs and professional bakeries alike."
George said initial feedback from bakeries and Richmond Valley locals showed a diversity of preferences for a best Aussie pie with the meat staple favoured as a mainstay. "Competition will be tough, there's some great cooks in the Richmond Valley, with some long-preserved recipes handed down through generations that can easily rival contemporary flavours" George said.
Pies will be judged on presentation, texture, meat content, general appearance, pastry colour and aroma.
The competition is split in two categories: commercially baked and home baked with a panel of judges set to announce the very best of the Richmond Valley on Australia Day during official celebrations. "The rules are that the pies must be meat-based and delivered cold, ready for heating to Coraki Bakery Friday, January 24" added George.
Entry forms are available at Coraki Bakery and Spar Supermarket Coraki or from the Australia Day page of richmondvalley .nsw.gov.au.