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Ballarat's Best Pie Competition

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There's nothing more heart warming on a cold Winter's day than enjoying a delicious pie. In Ballarat, during the month of July, you can happily savour gourmet pies and take part in the Best Pie Competition.

Sweet Apple Pie - Sovereign Hill (Image courtesy of Ballarat Regional Tourism)

Ballarat's Best Pie Competition is genius as far as I'm concerned. Not only do you get the chance to enjoy the yummiest pies in town, but you also get the chance to win fabulous prizes just for voting for your favourite. There will be 27 vouchers up for grabs from the participating venues, valued at over $500.

To enter all you have to do is vote for a pie by:
1. Ordering a pie from the menu
2. Taking a photo of the pie
3. Uploading the photo to Instagram using the supplied hashtags
Terms and conditions apply).


There are 27 AMAZING pies that will feature in 27 restaurants competing for the title of Ballarat's Best Pie.

Each pie will feature a hero product which is the main ingredient that the chef has selected to showcase in the pie. The premium produce used in the pies is sourced from Ballarat and surrounding villages.

Here are the contenders:

Sweet Apple Pie
Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw St, Ballarat

*Confit Rabbit and Pear Pie
Billy's Bistro at the Mercure Hotel Ballarat, 613 Main Road, Ballarat

*Beef and Guiness Pie
Seymour's On Lydiard, 302 Lydiard St N, Ballarat

*Pie Floater
Table 48, 48 Humffray St, Bakery Hill

*The Special Rhubarb Crumble Fantasy
Ballarat Specialist School farm, 800 Norman St, Ballarat

The Special Rhubarb Crumble Fantasy - Ballarat Specialist School farm (Image courtesy of Ballarat Regional Tourism)

*The Staggering Steer (eye fillet)
Squire's Loft Ballarat Steakhouse, 10 Grenville St, Ballarat

*The Porky Pie
The Forge Pizzeria, 14 Armstrong St N, Ballarat

*Japanese Curried Pork Pie
Asahi Japanese Restaurant, 5/7 Humffray St, Ballarat

*La Bourgogne
The Provincial, 121 Lydiard St N, Ballarat

La Bourgogne - The Provincial Hotel (Image courtesy of Ballarat Regional Tourism)

*Asian Fusion
Eclectic Tastes, 2 Burnbank St, Lake Wendouree

*Sher Wagyu and Black Pudding Pie
Mitchell Harris Wines, 38 Doveton St N, Ballarat

*The Great Aussie Pie
The Lake View Hotel, 22 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree

*Egyptian Pumpkin and Cashew Pie
The Java Lounge, 54 Lydiard St N, North Ballarat

Egyptian Pumpkin and Cashew Pie - The Java Lounge (Image courtesy of Ballarat Regional Tourism)

*Smoked Trout and Yabby Pie
The Lane, George Hotel, 27 Lydiard St N, Ballarat

*Cottage Pie
Golden City Hotel, 427 Sturt St, Ballarat

*Chicken Leek and Mushroom Pie
Paleo Café, 413 Sturt St, Ballarat

*Cider Braised Pork Belly
North Ballarat Sports Club, Creswick Road, Ballarat

Cider Braised Port Belly - North Ballarat Sports Club (Image courtesy of Ballarat Regional Tourism)

*Beef Cheek and Mirepoix Pie
Jacksons and Co., 201 Mair St, Ballarat

*Blackberry and Elderflower Pie
The Yacht Club, Wendouree Parade, Ballarat

*Moroccan Chicken Pie
The Open Pantry, 22 Main Road, Bakery Hill

*Waubra Lamb and Rosemary Pie
The Western Hotel, 1221 Sturt St, Ballarat West

Waubra Lamb and Rosemary Pie - The Western Hotel (Image courtesy of Ballarat Regional Tourism)

*Heritage Beef and Mushroom Pie
Heritage Diner, 9367 Western Hwy, Warrenheip

*Great Ocean Duck and Orange Pie
Craig's Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St S, Ballarat

*Lamb and Date Pie
Kittelty's, 325 Muir St, Ballarat

Lamb Shank Pie
Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek

The Red's Venison Pie
The Red Lion, 223 Main Rd, Ballarat

Pie: Pear Tarte Tatin
The Salon at the Gallery, 40 Lydiard St N, Ballarat

For full details visit the webpage here

By selecting your favourite pie, not only do you get the chance to win great prizes, but the venue that receives the most hashtags for their pie entry will win a prize pack which includes flights and accommodation for two and a private tour of the Coopers Brewery in Adelaide.

A winning restaurant/chef will also be awarded at the Coopers Pie and Pale Gala, determined by Richard Cornish.
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