Country Victoria Home of Australia’s Best Pi...

Country Victoria Home of Australia’s Best Pie and Pastie

Kyneton’s Country Cob Bakery has won the title of Australia’s Best Pie for the second year running, competing against 344 other bakeries during Australia’s Best Pie Competition on June 4-6 during the Baking Industry Trade Show.

Country Cob Bakery was winner of the best pie overall with their caramelised pork and pepper pie creation and their seafood curry pie won the best seafood pie category.

Including these two acclaimed awards, they collected a total of 12 gold and 10 silver medals at the competition.

Brothers Chan and Ryan Khun were thrilled to collect the award for the second year running and told The Bendigo Advertiser that this year there was more competition.

“Compared to last year there was another 50 or 60 bakeries entered in the competition and there were 1700 pies to judge,” Ryan said.

“We have been playing with these recipes for two or three months and developed eight new flavours.”

Pies are judged not only on their taste and flavour but critiqued by the judges on their shape, colour and aroma as well.

During the competition each category winner contends for the title of Australia’s Best Pie or Pastie conducted by industry body, Baking Association of Australia (BAA).

Jo Jo’s Gluten Free Goodies was crowned winner of the BBA Australia’s Best Pastie award with their gluten-free roasted vegetable pastie. Owners Jo and Tony said they were thrilled with the results.

“Our Thai chicken pie took out the Gluten-free category, with our steak and onion pie and steak and mushroom pie both winning gold medals,” they wrote on Facebook.

“Thank you to all of the sponsors today and a big thank you to all of you guys for your fantastic support over the last few years.”

The first Annual Baking Trade Show and National Conference was held in Melbourne in 2017. With the concept of the event to provide a baking industry trade show and conference, designed specially for those in the Australian baking industry and the unique issues surrounding the industry.

The 2019 Baking Industry Trade Show was held at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, the three-day event offers the chance to talk to key experts, view exhibits, and live bakery kitchens.

Finishing off the event was the third annual National Conference Cocktail Evening.

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