We have had some general question being asked so here are some frequently asked ones that may help you plan your visit …
Can we bring leashed dogs?
No sorry. Due to the food health and safety changes dogs can not attend Pie Fest this year.
Is there transport to Bong Bong Racecourse?
Yes. There will be shuttle bus service run by Meals on Wheel Southern Highlands. The 8 seater bus will leave from Bowral train station at 10am and 11.30am. It will then return from the Racecouse at 1.30pm and 3pm. It is free although we do ask for a gold coin donation for Meals on Wheels to help cover petrol costs.
Is there parking?
Yes, there is loads of onsite parking plus disabled parking and bus parking available. Our parking attendants are volunteers from the Rural Fire Service so a donation to them would be appreciated.
What are the rules of the pie eating competition?
The rules are simple – the fastest person to eat a family sized mince pie. It will be warm and water will be available. The current record stands at 2.4 minutes. You will need to book as spaces are limited. Click here to register. Times are 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm each day.
Will there be other food available and not just pies?
Yes – there are a range of food, coffee, beer, wines and everything in between. There will also be a marketplace for all things not related to pies.
Is there any discounts for seniors, etc?
No. The flat rate of $10 is considered reasonable and helps process the gate faster. There are group concessions though for 20 or more people booking in a block.
Will Companion Cards be accepted?
Yes – we will give free entry to anyone assisting a disabled or elderly person who holds a companion card.
Are there disabled facilities?
Yes. Most of the venue is flat and there are disabled toilets within the Pavilion.
Is there eftpos at the gate?
Yes. The gate will have both, plus there is a ATM just inside the gates.
Can we pre-order pies?
Yes but only the commercially winning pies as determined by the NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition. The pre-order option will be available on the ticketing platform from Monday 18th June. Check back at www.piefest.com.au for details.
Will the pies entered in the NSW/ACT Best Pie Competition be on display?
Yes, the winners of the commercial categories will be on display in the Pavilion. Remember though, they have been in the cool room for one week so are not to be touched or consumed. The full display of all entries will be available on the 1st and 2nd June at the Mittagong RSL.
Are there activities for kids?
Yes, there is pie throwing competitions (with plastic pies) for kids and they will win their own pie stress ball, there is also free facepainting throughout the weekend plus pie races and more. For the young bakers there are cooking classes. There are also mini jeeps and a jumping castle.
Will there be alcohol available?
Yes. The event is licensed for glass sales and takeaway sales. Bottles to be consumed at the venue are not allowed but you can purchase a glass of beer, cider, and wine from a variety of outlets.
Will there by vegan and gluten free pies available?
Yes, stocks will be limited but some of the bakers will be making vegan and gluten free pies available.