With grand final day looming so are the parties. It’s time to start thinking about where you’ll you be and what you’ll be eating when the Sydney Swans go head to head with Hawthorn. Though the people, places and tellies you watch the game on may have changed throughout the years, there is one thing that has not; Melbourne’s love for a meat pie come game time. Those meaty, moist morsels of rich filling, handily wrapped in flaky golden pastry, served steaming hot and maybe dribbled on your shirt are one of our favourite ways to indulge on grand final weekend... who doesn’t look forward to a bit of pie and sauce as you cheer for your team?
But gone are the days of that questionable filling - today there are less mystery meat and more sophisticated combinations of prime ingredients for discerning tastes.
So, for the traditionalists, modernists, vegetarians and vegans, we present Broadsheet’s guide of where to go for your grand final sustenance.
If the lamb and dried apricot pie sounds a bit too adventurous for Grand Final day, the slightly more traditional try the beef, burgundy and mushroom pie- it’s a winner.
Three simple but delicious offerings: chunky beef and red wine, mushroom and lentil and if a pie just won't cut it, there's always the beef sausage roll.
Baker D Chirico
This St Kilda stalwart knows how to make a limited selection count. They offer just two flavours but they’re really all you need- beef ragout pie and spinach, feta, ricotta and pine nut.
The Green Refectory
These guys offer pretty much every kind of pie you could want on a pie menu. We recommend the steak and mushroom or the bacon, egg and cheese. For the vegetarians the mint, tomato and oregano or bean, mushroom and feta are also pretty hard to beat.
There’s a good reason everyone who has ever eaten at A1 bakery raves about one thing – the spinach and cheese pie. It’s one of the very best around and you simply cannot go past it.
Sugardough Panificio and Patisserie
For vegetarians that love the game as much as the next person, Sugardough is the best place to head. Not only does their vegetable stew pie hit the spot, but they also have a vegan pasty on offer for those who limit themselves that little bit more. Both are served with a delicious tomato relish.
A good take-home option for those looking to feed a horde of footy fans, Pure Pie offers individual or family sized pies in a variety if flavours. Head to their flagship store in Port Melbourne or one of the distribution venues dotted all over the city. We like the chicken, white wine, mushroom and tarragon, but other options include the beef, cheddar and Guinness or butter chicken pie.
381 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Piper Street Food Co
For those wanting to impress guests and add that little bit of refinery to the day, try the bacon, potato and Emmental cheese pies or duck and celeriac from Kynteon-based creators Piper Street Food Co.
89B Piper Street, Kyneton