Owner Andrew (Robbo) Roberts with pie expert Leanne Wendt and baker Rob Aarts celebrate their win for 'Best Pie in Ipswich'
Owner Andrew (Robbo) Roberts with pie expert Leanne Wendt and baker Rob Aarts celebrate their win for 'Best Pie in Ipswich' Darren Hallesy

SHOCK! Ipswich's 'Best Pie' poll ends in a draw

THERE was a definite shockwave across Ipswich when the votes for the 'Best Pie in Ipswich' poll on Facebook were counted.

After several recounts it was a dead heat between two bakeries.

In no surprise, the Old Fernvale Bakery came top, but for the first time it has to share the title with Robbo's Bakery in Karalee, voted by you as equal first as the makers of the best pies in Ipswich.

While the Old Fernvale Bakery is famous for its pies, and the many, many varieties, Robbo's has concentrated on keep their range small and focussing on quality ingredients.

The gamble seems to have paid off, with the bakery selling out of their freshly-made pies every day and getting a loyal following with customers.

Rob Aarts is the baker with the magic touch who starts work at 4am each day, and he believes that a good pie comes down to two things. A good pastry and quality ingredients.

"I think it's probably the ingredients we put in like quality meat, and make sure everything is spot on.

We have several varieties, the most popular is our cheese and bacon pie. People also love our bacon pies, mushroom pies, mushroom and bacon, steak and kidney pies," Rob said.

"There's no secret recipes with our pastry, we like to keep it nice and crispy. Myself and the other bakers have our technique down to a tee, I'm here at 4am each day and we run out of pies each day."

You too can show support for Ipswich and grab yourself a share of $10,000 in Gift Wallets to spend at over 300 participating businesses.

There are still two prizes to be won, with vouchers of $2500 and $5000 to be given away.

Have you got your entries in? You can drop off your entry forms in the barrels at Riverlink, Brassall Shopping Centre, or drop them in to the Queensland Times in West Ipswich.

Every shopping trip you make in Ipswich means you are supporting local business and if you win, you can spend that money at any participating City Pride businesses, so the choice is yours.

Check out the full list of participating businesses here: https://www.qt.com.au/city-pride-17/

Check The Queensland Times Facebook page for the next poll and place your vote to show support for your favourite local businesses.

City Pride - it's all about supporting our local family owned businesses and getting behind Ipswich.



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