On Sunday, January 26, 2014, PIE-NOT threw a big, family-friendly celebration for Australia’s official national holiday, Australia Day. Historically, it signifies the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the first fleet of British ships in Sydney Cove, New South Wales and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. Currently, it celebrates the diverse society, landscape, history, and presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards. PIE-NOT celebrated the day with food, fun, and animals.
PIE-NOT was open for regular business but in the courtyard across from their location, they had set up a tent and served samples of the Sag Rolls (standard Aussie sausage roll with premium ground beef and pork with finely grated onions and carrots rolled into a puff pastry), Vegemite and Cheese pastries, and Digger (an egg-less biscuit mix of rolled oats and desiccated coconut with golden syrup). I’ve wanted to try Vegemite ever since I heard the lyrics of the Men at Work song “Land Down Under”: “Buying bread from a man in Brussels. He was six foot four and full of muscle. I said, "Do you speak my language?" He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich.” This dark spread has eluded me until this historic Australia Day. I really loved the taste of it. It’s salty and reminiscent of kelp or seaweed. When it was mixed with cheese and put in a puff pastry, it was even more delectable. PIE-NOT needs to put this on the menu!
Along with trying these tasty treats, raffle tickets were given out to win a basket of PIE-NOT goodies including a jar of Vegemite. While we waited for the announcement of the winners, we opted to grab some Aussie meats pies for lunch before the line got long. And it did, with the line wrapped around the building within an hour. The hubby and I picked up our favorite, Mary’s, which is rosemary and roasted garlic with premium ground lamb, diced onions, and back bacon in a shortcrust pastry shell with a puff pastry lid. My mom, being a first timer, opted for the Dog’s Eye, premium ground beef with finely diced onions in a shortcrust pastry shell with a puff pastry lid. She even tried it with ketchup and loved it.
We even got to take pictures and pet a wallaby. They are so soft and cute. A man in a kangaroo suit with an Australian flag cape was on hand for pictures as well. He was mixing with the crowd and even dancing (bouncing around) as Sky Pilot played their guitars and sang to the crowd as they waiting in line for their meat pies. Orange County Bombers were also on hand to teach kids and adults how handball is played.
If you missed out on Australia Day, don’t worry. PIE-NOT is open every day!
- March 14, 2014 from 7am to 8pm - Celebrate National Pi (3.14) Day at PIE-NOT: Enjoy a new take on Pi (Pie) Day by ordering their standard Aussie meat pie - the “Dog’s Eye." This classic meat pie will be priced at just $3.14 in honor of π (pi), and is made of premium ground beef with finely diced onions in a shortcrust pastry shell with a puff pastry lid. It is a favorite amongst locals and you can’t beat a deal like that!