There is good news for mushroom lovers as the Australian Mushroom Growers Association (AMGA) joins forces with the Baking Association of Australia (BAA) to support the national Australia’s Best Pie and Pastie Competition.
BAA CEO Tony Smith said more industry groups are approaching the association to be a part of the competition.
“The AMGA will assist with a new class that must include mushrooms,” Tony said.
“We know that this means that bakers and pastry cooks etc. will push the boundaries as per usual to create a masterpiece pie.
“Also this year after much discussion with exhibitors and other industry experts, the traditional pastie will be split into two categories: the Australian Traditional Pastie which is usually a puff pastry with meat and mixed vegetables, and the new class of the British Isle Feast Pastie.
“This pastie must have meat and root vegetables only and must be crimped across the top.
“We are looking forward to these new classes and what they will bring and as always we continue to listen and take on board what the industry is asking for.”
Additionally, the BAA is proud to be working with the International Federation of Butcher Association who have become a new gold sponsors of the competitions.
“The most important part of this industry relationship is that the Plain Beef Pie Category has attracted the eye of the meat industry and moving forward a perpetual trophy will be established in recognition of bakers and butchers working together,” Tony said.
“We look forward to this wonderful association.”
All BAA members will receive one free entry into the Australia’s Best Pie and Pastie competition.