CROMWELL AND CLYDE
Now, where would you expect to keep a good pie fresh? Well, in the “Fridge” of course! And at The Fridge Butchery and Deli in Cromwell you’ll find possibly the best pork pies in the world. Its famous pork pies are available most days, but they do sell out fast, in which case the lamb shank and mint pies or chicken and leek pies are highly regarded by the local pastry connoisseurs as a decent plan B.
The Fridge also has its own line of goodies – spice rubs for your meat, olive tapenade, chilli sambal, pinot noir onion marmalade and more… Although if you’re cycling the Lake Dunstan Trail from Cromwell, it might pay to come back and load up with goodies rather than carry them on your ride as it’s a hilly trail and you might not appreciate the extra weight in your backpack!
The homemade pies at the historic Post Office Café and Bar in Clyde are a fitting reward at the conclusion of the challenging 55km long Lake Dunstan Trail. There’s an old cycling adage about “calories in = calories out” and there’s no doubt that once you’ve ridden the Lake Dunstan Trail you’ll need to replace a few calories…. Or alternatively indulge in some carbo-loading before starting the Otago Central Rail Trail which also begins in Clyde. Either way, the pies at the Post Office Café are a worthy inclusion on the honours board of the best pies of Otago.
A Pie Fest at Eat.Taste.Central 2023
Friday 20 October to Sunday 12 November 2023
Eat.Taste.Central is an annual Spring event where you can take your palate to somewhere it's never been before! Local cafés, restaurants and cellar doors collectively produce a 'Central Otago Regional Menu' celebrating a World of Flavour.
As luck would have it, pies are on the menu! For more ins-pie-ration, scroll through the short videos below from each of the regional bakers as they describe the succulent local ingredients which go into their pies all wrapped into a delicious pastry crust. There's also a useful guide here to help you find participating E.T.C. venues along the cycle trails this spring.
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