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Get your tastebuds ready for Ballarat’s new pie trail!

Eat & Drink

Take a bite out of Ballarat’s food scene this August on the city’s new pie trail.

Ballarat’s Best Pie trail will feature 20 sweet and savoury pies from local cafes, restaurants and bakeries.

These limited edition creations will only be available from 1-31 August.

And when you purchase a pie from a participating venue, post a picture to Instagram using the tags #ballaratsbestpie and #visitballarat to go into the draw to win a weekend stay in Ballarat worth over $1000 – perfect for a staycation!

The self-guided trail map is available online or a printed version can be picked up from the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre (225 Sturt Street).

Award-winning food writer Richard Cornish and local MasterChef alumni Tim Bone will join a panel of pie connoisseurs to decide which masterpiece claims the coveted title of Ballarat’s Best Pie.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by culinary journalist Sofia Levin on Saturday 5 August at 2pm at Hop Temple.

“Pies can be so versatile with endless filling options and I can’t wait to taste the best of what our amazing cafes and restaurants have to offer,” Tim said. 

“From Flying Chillies and Black Cat Truffles to Sovereign Hill, Beechworth Bakery and many more, be sure to get out there and try as many pies as you can this winter.” 

The Forge Pizzeria’s beef cheek ragu pie. Image: Matt Dunne

The line-up

Main image: Paddock to pie at Wayward Winery

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24 Jul 2023

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