History of the humble meat pie

May 12, 2016

Holden cars, kangaroos and the modest meat pie – three iconic Australian images.

There have been documentaries, investigations, studies and novels written on Holdens and Kangaroos and now, for the first time, the Mulwala Library is hosting an exhibition on the history and development of the meat pie.

The classic Australian meat pie is primarily a single serving, enclosed in pastry and normally eaten for lunch or as a filling snack.

Sold in bakeries and cafes hot and ready to eat, often with tomato sauce and in a paper bag it is also found in bulk, frozen in supermarkets around the nation.

Another favourite way to masticate this majestic meal is at events such as football matches and agricultural shows and it is estimated Australians eat 270 million meat pies a year.
This culinary display traces the history of the Australian meat pie from its origins in the ancient world, to its place in the supermarket freezers of today.

 Students from Mulwala Public School are particularly excited the exhibition will be making a pit, or should that be pie, stop in the local library.

“I love meat pies.  The meat and the pastry are yummy and I would like to learn how to cook a pie,” Jaxen said.

“I hope there will be a colouring in competition with this exhibition and if there is, I am definitely entering it,” Amelia said.

“At school we are going to collect some data on pies and what type of pies people like and then work out the population of Corowa Shire and present it as a pie chart,” Marni said.

“I make little party pies at home and they are really delicious.  I can’t wait to see what sort of other pies there could be at the exhibition,” Jayden said.

The Meat Pie Exhibition will open at the Mulwala Library on Tuesday, May 17 and run until Friday, May 27; entry is free.

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