Plating up a special pie and beer combo

HANNAH MCKEE
Last updated 05:00 24/07/2014
Siggy's pies
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PERFECT PIES: Sigrid Woolloff of Siggy's Pies with some of her wares outside the Sprig and Fern, Thorndon.

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If you missed out on a Visa Wellington on a Plate event, there are still some experiences on offer - one of which comes encased in golden puff pastry and is up for an award.

Siggy's Pies is one of five finalists up for the Best New Producer Award.

Siggy Woolloff's pies were flying out the door when she started making them at Plimmerton boat club three years ago.

"We thought, ‘Wow, we better make this a business!' "

There is no mystery meat or cornflour chunks in a Siggy's Pie.

"We don't scrimp on anything," she says. "We source the best meat we can from a renowned Waikanae butcher."

Woolloff, who works out of a commercial kitchen in Waikanae with her team of four, says their most popular pie flavours are steak and stout, and coconut and kumara.

Competing in a world of constant food trends, Woolloff says she does not think the humble pie will ever go out of fashion in New Zealand.

Siggy's is currently finalising its latest flavour recipe, corned beef, mustard and mash - which was selected in a competition run on the company's Facebook page.

"We had some crazy entries like capsicum, caper and chorizo, and a venison, red wine and smoked cheddar, but we wanted to choose one that would be sustainable and affordable."

Siggy's Pies and the Sprig and Fern pub chain have come together for the WOAP event. Sprig and Fern was where Woolloff held her first pie-eating contest in March.

"At first I was worried about seeing my gourmet pies getting gobbled, but the hype and fun took over, people weren't gagging on them or anything, they were enjoying it.

"The funny thing is when it had finished they were all still eating the pies. I thought, that's a testimony to a good pie."

Crafters & Co in Victoria St will be hosting a Siggy's Speed Pie Eating Contest on August 1 at 7pm, entries close July 27 at hello@craftersand.co.

The Producer Award winners will be announced on August 15.

PIE AND BEER SPECTACULAR

As part of Wellington on a Plate, Woolloff will match five of her most popular Siggy's Pies flavours with five Sprig and Fern beers and ciders. The event will run on a walk-in basis throughout WOAP (August 15-31) at the Sprig and Ferns in Tinakori Rd, Thorndon, and Jackson St, Petone, $40. -------------

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