One of my favourite local destinations is the New South Wales Southern Highlands, an area renowned for its lush landscapes, picturesque villages, fascinating history, and burgeoning food and wine scene.
The district also happens to be home to Australia’s BEST pies. Yep, Peter and I can vouch for this, having eaten our way through a variety of sweet and savoury pies from various bakeries, cafes and patisseries across the Highlands.
Give this, it's with great pleasure that I share with you the news that, throughout the month of June, the Southern Highlands will celebrate the great Australian pie with the inaugural Pie Time, a series of mouth-watering pie themed events and festivals.
“We all know Australians just love a local pie. And the Southern Highlands has a large saturation of quality pie producers, with everything from top-notch gourmet pies, to family winter warmers and deliciously sweet dessert pies,” explains Steve Rosa, Manager of Tourism and Events, Destination Southern Highlands.
“What better way to demonstrate some pie parochialism than with a pie festival, pie trail, pie competition and related pie events featuring over 30 local pie sites; including bakeries, cafes, restaurants, hotels and associated businesses in the Southern Highlands. “In essence, we will become the Southern Pie-lands throughout June."
Pie Time will have four main components:
“Pies can be enjoyed at all of the Southern Highlands’ key attractions and spectacular locations, including the Illawarra Fly, Bradman Museum’s Stumps Café, Fitzroy Falls, as well as galleries, pubs and restaurants. It will be THE destination to experience, enjoy and worship the great Aussie pastime of eating the great Australian pie,” said Steve.
"Pie Time will be an accessible, fun and a quirky way to look at the Southern Highlands. Visitors can come for the pies, then stay on with a ‘Pie, Bed & Breakfast’ package and experience all that the Highlands has to offer along the way,” he added.
For more information on Pie Time click here. To book your stay in the New South Wales Southern Highlands so that you, too, can indulge in Pie Time 2017, visit the web site or telephone 1300 657 559. Use the hashtags #pietime #visitsouthernhighlands when sharing your Pie Time photos.
Source: Media Release. Images supplied and appear courtesy of Destination Southern Highlands.
Do you love pie, dear readers? Do you have a favourite bakery or cafe in the NSW Southern Highlands or your own neck of the woods?
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