THE PIE COMPETITION.

 

From 1st May - 23rd of July, Federation University TAFE are proud to present the battle to be crowned Ballarat’s best pie, as Plate Up Ballarat joins Visit Victoria and the Western Bulldogs to determine a winner from twenty of the city’s famed restaurants and cafes.

With a focus on local produce, each venue's pie must feature three local ingredients, and must be true to type and served as a plated meal. Licensed venues will also pair their pie with a locally brewed beer or cider from Red Duck Brewery, Cubby Haus Brewing, Athletic Club Brewery or 321 Cider.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite pie by selecting it below, and share your pics on Instagram using the hashtags #pieballarat #plateupballaratpie #fedunitafe #wandervictoria #thecourier as well as #(venuename)pie and #beername (if applicable).

In addition to the People’s Choice Best Pie (voted by you), all pies will vie for the Critic’s Choice Best Pie with a team of judges headed by food writer Richard Cornish and local culinary genius Peter Ford blind tasting, testing and rating each pie, including the best entrant from the apprentices at Federation University TAFE.

The winner will be declared at the Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide match on Sunday 29 July.

We are proud to partner with the Western Bulldogs for the 2018 pie competition, to find our more about becoming a member click here:
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  BILLY'S BISTRO  - MARRAKESH CHICKEN PIE  Traditional slow cooked chicken from the city of Marrakesh in Morocco, marinated in a blend of spices and goat curd, cooked with dates and figs and served with an herbed couscous. Local ingredients are, free range eggs, goat curd and organic vegetables.   BEER MATCH:   Cubby Haus Brewing American Brown Ale   Price:  $28 or $35 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Billy’s Bistro & Bar, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat

BILLY'S BISTRO - MARRAKESH CHICKEN PIE

Traditional slow cooked chicken from the city of Marrakesh in Morocco, marinated in a blend of spices and goat curd, cooked with dates and figs and served with an herbed couscous. Local ingredients are, free range eggs, goat curd and organic vegetables.

BEER MATCH:
Cubby Haus Brewing American Brown Ale

Price: $28 or $35 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Billy’s Bistro & Bar, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat

  CAFE SIDRA -  PORK & CIDER PIE  The apples used to make the delicious 321 Still Cider grow 3km from Cafe Sidra. Our pie will be a short crust casing & it's in the case that the cider works it’s magic. Slow cooked Nelson Springs Pork & Learmonth potatoes team with a gorgeous gravy & puff pastry lid.   CIDER MATCH:   321 Cider Traditional Still   Price:  $10 or $20 with cider  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Cafe Sidra, 321 High Street, Learmonth

CAFE SIDRA - PORK & CIDER PIE

The apples used to make the delicious 321 Still Cider grow 3km from Cafe Sidra. Our pie will be a short crust casing & it's in the case that the cider works it’s magic. Slow cooked Nelson Springs Pork & Learmonth potatoes team with a gorgeous gravy & puff pastry lid.

CIDER MATCH:
321 Cider Traditional Still

Price: $10 or $20 with cider
Gluten Free: No
Where: Cafe Sidra, 321 High Street, Learmonth

  CRAIG'S  - MUSHROOM & LEEK PITHIVIER PIE  This is local vegetarian produce at its finest, encased in golden, flaky pastry. Delicious Ballarat Mushroom Farm mushrooms, leek, Mount Prospect Produce and Holy Goats Cheese make a hearty filling between two discs of handmade puff pastry.   BEER MATCH:  Red Duck Beer Kolsch Bright Ale   Price:  $28 or $34.50 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Craig’s Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St, Ballarat

CRAIG'S - MUSHROOM & LEEK PITHIVIER PIE

This is local vegetarian produce at its finest, encased in golden, flaky pastry. Delicious Ballarat Mushroom Farm mushrooms, leek, Mount Prospect Produce and Holy Goats Cheese make a hearty filling between two discs of handmade puff pastry.

BEER MATCH:
Red Duck Beer Kolsch Bright Ale

Price: $28 or $34.50 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Craig’s Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St, Ballarat

 
  ECLECTIC TASTES  - EGG & BACON PIE  A classic egg and bacon pie made with a simple shortcrust pastry filled with Country Style Smallgood’s Bacon, Inglenook cream, Elm Grove Farm free range eggs and fresh herbs. Served with tomato relish and a choice of either a side of chips or crisp garden salad.   BEER MATCH:   Cubby Haus Brewing Good Witch Rye Blonde   Price:  $12.50 or $20 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Eclectic Tastes, 2 Burnbank St, Lake Wendouree

ECLECTIC TASTES - EGG & BACON PIE

A classic egg and bacon pie made with a simple shortcrust pastry filled with Country Style Smallgood’s Bacon, Inglenook cream, Elm Grove Farm free range eggs and fresh herbs. Served with tomato relish and a choice of either a side of chips or crisp garden salad.

BEER MATCH: 
Cubby Haus Brewing Good Witch Rye Blonde

Price: $12.50 or $20 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Eclectic Tastes, 2 Burnbank St, Lake Wendouree

  THE FORGE PIZZERIA  - MOROCCAN LAMB SHANK PIE  Slow-cooked Victorian lamb shank with Meredith Goat Cheese and baby spinach in traditional pastry crust - our Nanna Norma’s recipe, served with house-made beetroot chips. Perfect to enjoy with a Red Duck Amber Ale or Hellbilly Roasting coffee.   BEER MATCH:   Red Duck Beer Amber Ale   Price:  $23 or $28 with beer or coffee  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  The Forge Pizzeria, 14 Armstrong St, Ballarat

THE FORGE PIZZERIA - MOROCCAN LAMB SHANK PIE

Slow-cooked Victorian lamb shank with Meredith Goat Cheese and baby spinach in traditional pastry crust - our Nanna Norma’s recipe, served with house-made beetroot chips. Perfect to enjoy with a Red Duck Amber Ale or Hellbilly Roasting coffee.

BEER MATCH:
Red Duck Beer Amber Ale

Price: $23 or $28 with beer or coffee
Gluten Free: No
Where: The Forge Pizzeria, 14 Armstrong St, Ballarat

  FREIGHT BAR & RESTAURANT -  CHEESY BRISKET MAC & CHEESE DELUXE PIE  Smoked and slowly cooked braised beef brisket with Ballarat Mushroom Farm mushrooms, topped with a mac n cheese lid made with Inglenook Dairy Milk and Goldfields Farmhouse Cheeses.   BEER MATCH:  Athletic Club Brewery Amber Ale   Price:  $20 or $25 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Freight Bar & Restaurant, 49 Mair St East, Ballarat

FREIGHT BAR & RESTAURANT - CHEESY BRISKET MAC & CHEESE DELUXE PIE

Smoked and slowly cooked braised beef brisket with Ballarat Mushroom Farm mushrooms, topped with a mac n cheese lid made with Inglenook Dairy Milk and Goldfields Farmhouse Cheeses.

BEER MATCH:
Athletic Club Brewery Amber Ale

Price: $20 or $25 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Freight Bar & Restaurant, 49 Mair St East, Ballarat

 
  GOLDEN CITY HOTEL -  THE GOLDEN PORK PIE  Western Plains Pork encased in a delicious golden pastry.  This savoury pork pie is served with a side of house made pickles, apple crisps and Bacchus Marsh leaves paired with Athletic Club Pale Ale.   BEER MATCH:   Athletic Club Brewery Pale Ale   Price:  $18 or $25 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Golden City Hotel, 427 Sturt St, Ballarat

GOLDEN CITY HOTEL - THE GOLDEN PORK PIE

Western Plains Pork encased in a delicious golden pastry.  This savoury pork pie is served with a side of house made pickles, apple crisps and Bacchus Marsh leaves paired with Athletic Club Pale Ale.

BEER MATCH: 
Athletic Club Brewery Pale Ale

Price: $18 or $25 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Golden City Hotel, 427 Sturt St, Ballarat

  THE HEALTHY HUB -  CURRIED VEGGIE SHEPHERD'S POT PIE  A creamy curried veggie filling using Spring Creek Organics produce & Harmony Garlic, topped with a sweet potato mash and crispy, crumbly top. Served with a side of sauerkraut from The Fermentary.   BEER MATCH:   O'Brien's Beer Pale Ale   Price:  $18 or $26 with beer  Gluten Free:  Yes AND Vegan  Where:  The Healthy Hub, 100 Bridge Mall, Bakery Hill

THE HEALTHY HUB - CURRIED VEGGIE SHEPHERD'S POT PIE

A creamy curried veggie filling using Spring Creek Organics produce & Harmony Garlic, topped with a sweet potato mash and crispy, crumbly top. Served with a side of sauerkraut from The Fermentary.

BEER MATCH: 
O'Brien's Beer Pale Ale

Price: $18 or $26 with beer
Gluten Free: Yes AND Vegan
Where: The Healthy Hub, 100 Bridge Mall, Bakery Hill

  THE HOP TEMPLE -  CAVEMAN PIE  A signature beef rib pie, made with local beef by Sinclair Meats, Creswick Farm Eggs, Daylesford Butter & Red Duck Amber Ale, to compliment the deep taste of the beef whilst providing a caramel flavour through its malt bill.   BEER MATCH:   Red Duck Beer Amber Ale   Price:  $18 or $25 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Hop Temple, rear of 24 Armstrong St, Ballarat

THE HOP TEMPLE - CAVEMAN PIE

A signature beef rib pie, made with local beef by Sinclair Meats, Creswick Farm Eggs, Daylesford Butter & Red Duck Amber Ale, to compliment the deep taste of the beef whilst providing a caramel flavour through its malt bill.

BEER MATCH: 
Red Duck Beer Amber Ale

Price: $18 or $25 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Hop Temple, rear of 24 Armstrong St, Ballarat

 
  HYDRANT FOOD HALL -  BERKSHIRE PORK & EGG PIE  Traditional Pork Pie filled with Millbrook Berkshire Pork and Stonehaven Smoked Egg.  Served with house made plum chutney, Goldfields Farmhouse “St George” cheese and a green leaf salad.   BEER MATCH:   Athletic Club Brewery Pale Ale   Price:  $20 or $26 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Hydrant Food Hall, 3 McKenzie St, Ballarat

HYDRANT FOOD HALL - BERKSHIRE PORK & EGG PIE

Traditional Pork Pie filled with Millbrook Berkshire Pork and Stonehaven Smoked Egg.  Served with house made plum chutney, Goldfields Farmhouse “St George” cheese and a green leaf salad.

BEER MATCH: 
Athletic Club Brewery Pale Ale

Price: $20 or $26 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Hydrant Food Hall, 3 McKenzie St, Ballarat

  KITTELTY'S -  COQ AU VIN PIE  Bannockburn Free Range Chicken, Ballarat mushrooms & hot smoked bacon from Salt Kitchen Charcuterie braised in pinot noir with a bouquet garnish of home grown herbs & encased in pastry.   BEER MATCH:   Red Duck Beer Porter   Price:  $19 or $25 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Kittelty's, 40 Lydiard St, Ballarat

KITTELTY'S - COQ AU VIN PIE

Bannockburn Free Range Chicken, Ballarat mushrooms & hot smoked bacon from Salt Kitchen Charcuterie braised in pinot noir with a bouquet garnish of home grown herbs & encased in pastry.

BEER MATCH:
Red Duck Beer Porter

Price: $19 or $25 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Kittelty's, 40 Lydiard St, Ballarat

  FEDERATION UNI PIE -  BEST APPRENTICE ENTRANT  The winner of the FedUni TAFE pie competition will have their pie included in the blind judging for the critics choice award.      

FEDERATION UNI PIE - BEST APPRENTICE ENTRANT

The winner of the FedUni TAFE pie competition will have their pie included in the blind judging for the critics choice award.

 

 

 
 
  NOUVELLE ORLEANS -  SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE  Sweet potato pie served with Maples ice cream and bacon praline. Using sweet potatoes from the kitchen garden & Mt Egerton produce. Enbom honey caramelises the sweet potato filling & lemon thyme from Central Highland Herbs to cut the sweetness, all served in gingerbread sweet pastry.   BEER MATCH:   Cubby Haus Brewing Good Witch Rye Blonde   Price:  $15 or $18 with beer  Gluten Free:  Yes  Where:  Nouvelle Orleans, 28 Main Rd, Ballarat

NOUVELLE ORLEANS - SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO PIE

Sweet potato pie served with Maples ice cream and bacon praline. Using sweet potatoes from the kitchen garden & Mt Egerton produce. Enbom honey caramelises the sweet potato filling & lemon thyme from Central Highland Herbs to cut the sweetness, all served in gingerbread sweet pastry.

BEER MATCH:
Cubby Haus Brewing Good Witch Rye Blonde

Price: $15 or $18 with beer
Gluten Free: Yes
Where: Nouvelle Orleans, 28 Main Rd, Ballarat

  RACV GOLDFIELDS RESORT -  CONFIT DUCK & MUSHROOM PIE  Confit duck & mushroom pie with truffle potato mash served with a smoky tomato relish. The duck is from Nhill & mushrooms are from Ballarat Mushroom Farm. The mash uses Black Cat Truffles & the creamy potatoes are from Mount Prospect Produce, accompanied by relish is made from Yendon Gourmet Tomatoes.   BEER MATCH:   Red Duck Beer 1851   Price:  $18 or $24 with beer  Gluten Free:  On request  Where:  RACV Goldfields Resort, 1500 Midlands Hwy, Creswick

RACV GOLDFIELDS RESORT - CONFIT DUCK & MUSHROOM PIE

Confit duck & mushroom pie with truffle potato mash served with a smoky tomato relish. The duck is from Nhill & mushrooms are from Ballarat Mushroom Farm. The mash uses Black Cat Truffles & the creamy potatoes are from Mount Prospect Produce, accompanied by relish is made from Yendon Gourmet Tomatoes.

BEER MATCH:
Red Duck Beer 1851

Price: $18 or $24 with beer
Gluten Free: On request
Where: RACV Goldfields Resort, 1500 Midlands Hwy, Creswick

  SAIGON ALLEE -  'BANH U' PIE  Bánh Ú pie made from glutinous rice, roast almond, shredded coconut and mung bean, wood ear mushrooms, salt and pepper, all wrapped in bamboo leaves and cooked for four hours. Served with Vietnamese pickled vegetables sourced from The Fruit Shack, crispy sweet potato slices and chilli soy sauce.   BEER MATCH:   Athletic Club Brewery Pale Ale   Price:  $15.50 or $22.50 with beer  Gluten Free:  Yes AND Vegan  Where:  Saigon Allee, 30 Armstrong St, Ballarat

SAIGON ALLEE - 'BANH U' PIE

Bánh Ú pie made from glutinous rice, roast almond, shredded coconut and mung bean, wood ear mushrooms, salt and pepper, all wrapped in bamboo leaves and cooked for four hours. Served with Vietnamese pickled vegetables sourced from The Fruit Shack, crispy sweet potato slices and chilli soy sauce.

BEER MATCH:
Athletic Club Brewery Pale Ale

Price: $15.50 or $22.50 with beer
Gluten Free: Yes AND Vegan
Where: Saigon Allee, 30 Armstrong St, Ballarat

 
  SALT KITCHEN, LE PECHE GOURMAND, WESTERN PLAINS PORK & FIKA COLLAB -  TOURTE DE PORC  French blanquette style filling by Mick Nunn from Salt Kitchen Charcuterie. Western Plains Pork shoulder, cooked in rich pork stock & finished with crème fraiche & tarragon. Fully encased with Pate Brisee shortcrust pastry made by expert patissier Paul Williams from Le Peche Gourmand in Creswick. Mick & Paul use the kitchen at the Ballarat Specialist School to assemble the pies & demonstrate the process to the students.   Price:  $15  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Fika Coffee Brewers, 36A Doveton St North, Ballarat Le Peche Gourmand, 69A Albert St, Creswick VIC 3363

SALT KITCHEN, LE PECHE GOURMAND, WESTERN PLAINS PORK & FIKA COLLAB - TOURTE DE PORC

French blanquette style filling by Mick Nunn from Salt Kitchen Charcuterie. Western Plains Pork shoulder, cooked in rich pork stock & finished with crème fraiche & tarragon. Fully encased with Pate Brisee shortcrust pastry made by expert patissier Paul Williams from Le Peche Gourmand in Creswick. Mick & Paul use the kitchen at the Ballarat Specialist School to assemble the pies & demonstrate the process to the students.

Price: $15
Gluten Free: No
Where: Fika Coffee Brewers, 36A Doveton St North, Ballarat
Le Peche Gourmand, 69A Albert St, Creswick VIC 3363

  THE LANE @ THE GEORGE HOTEL -  PEAR, BLACKBERRY AND ROSEWATER PIE  Pear, blackberries and a hint of rosewater encased in handmade sweet citrus shortcrust pastry.  Served with Inglenook Dairy clotted cream and Il Piccolo Gelato vanilla bean ice cream.   Price:  $12  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  The Lane, 27 Lydiard St North, Ballarat

THE LANE @ THE GEORGE HOTEL - PEAR, BLACKBERRY AND ROSEWATER PIE

Pear, blackberries and a hint of rosewater encased in handmade sweet citrus shortcrust pastry.  Served with Inglenook Dairy clotted cream and Il Piccolo Gelato vanilla bean ice cream.

Price: $12
Gluten Free: No
Where: The Lane, 27 Lydiard St North, Ballarat

  THE LOCAL -  THE LOCAL COMFORT PIE   Shortcrust pastry, with a caponata & white bean filling, locally grown Adsum Farmhouse vegetables and Invermay Olives with fava beans from the Wimmera. Served with a side salad & housemade chutney.   Price:  $19  Gluten Free:  On request  Where:  The Local, 313 Lydiard St, Ballarat

THE LOCAL - THE LOCAL COMFORT PIE


Shortcrust pastry, with a caponata & white bean filling, locally grown Adsum Farmhouse vegetables and Invermay Olives with fava beans from the Wimmera. Served with a side salad & housemade chutney.

Price: $19
Gluten Free: On request
Where: The Local, 313 Lydiard St, Ballarat

 
  THE WESTERN HOTEL -  LAMB & ROSEMARY PIE  Slow cooked Waubra lamb on a bed of creamy mashed local potatoes with mushy peas.   BEER MATCH:   Cubby Haus Brewing Extra Special Bitter   Price:  $19 or $26 with beer  Gluten Free:  Gluten free pie available subject to availability, matched with O'Brien Pale Ale  Where:  The Western, 1221 Sturt St, Ballarat

THE WESTERN HOTEL - LAMB & ROSEMARY PIE

Slow cooked Waubra lamb on a bed of creamy mashed local potatoes with mushy peas.

BEER MATCH:
Cubby Haus Brewing Extra Special Bitter

Price: $19 or $26 with beer
Gluten Free: Gluten free pie available subject to availability, matched with O'Brien Pale Ale
Where: The Western, 1221 Sturt St, Ballarat

  WEBSTERS MARKET & CAFE -  PECAN & PORTER PIE  The nutty sweetness of this pecan pie is a perfect match for the malty flavours of Red Duck Porter a dark ale. A delightful vanilla parfait, Inglenook Dairy cream and Grounded Pleasures vanilla bean it is an indulgent and delicious sweet pie.   BEER MATCH:   Red Duck Beet Porter   Price:  $15 or $20 with beer  Gluten Free:  No  Where:  Websters Market & Cafe, 61 Webster St, Ballarat

WEBSTERS MARKET & CAFE - PECAN & PORTER PIE

The nutty sweetness of this pecan pie is a perfect match for the malty flavours of Red Duck Porter a dark ale. A delightful vanilla parfait, Inglenook Dairy cream and Grounded Pleasures vanilla bean it is an indulgent and delicious sweet pie.

BEER MATCH:
Red Duck Beet Porter

Price: $15 or $20 with beer
Gluten Free: No
Where: Websters Market & Cafe, 61 Webster St, Ballarat