Beefy’s battle for title of Pie of Origin

CHARITY BAKE-OFF: Beefy's owner Mark Hobbs, rugby league great Mario Fenech and Glenorie Bakery owner Rob Pirina.
CHARITY BAKE-OFF: Beefy's owner Mark Hobbs, rugby league great Mario Fenech and Glenorie Bakery owner Rob Pirina.

AS Queenslanders pull out their maroon jerseys in preparation for this year's State of Origin battle, another contest between the states has already begun.

The bakers of Queensland and New South Wales have fired up their ovens in a bid to out-bake and out-sell each other, as they attempt to win the title of 2016 Pie of Origin.

For the second year running, Rob Pirina, of Glenorie Bakery in NSW, has challenged our very own Beefy's in the competition which runs in tandem with the State of Origin.

Having officially launched the battle last Wednesday, both bakeries will now try to raise the most funds for their chosen charities throughout the Origin period via the sales of meat pies and other baked goods.

Having raised a combined total of $13,517 last year - almost $8000 of which was raised by Beefy's, securing them the title of 2015 Pie of Origin - the fundraising target has been increased to $15,000 this year.

Beefy's chief operating officer Brett Hooper said $1 from the sale of every Beefy's Big Queenslander pie, which is a larger version of Beefy's signature steak pie, would go towards The Children's Hospital Foundation, Brisbane.

Mr Hooper said other promotions would also run throughout the Origin period to raise funds, including a meringue in Queensland's colours which will be rolled out this week.

The competition runs until the final whistle of the State of Origin, with the 2016 Pie of Origin to be named the next day on July14.

You can buy Beefy's Big Queenslander pie from all its stores, including at the Glasshouse Mountains, Aussie World and Buderim.

Topics:  state of origin

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