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Tarnagulla's gold pie rush

FROM scones and slices to the Loddon’s latest gold medal winning pies, Justine Smith’s Tarnagulla Country Cafe has become a favourite stopping place for tourists and detectorists visiting the old gold mining town.

Situated in the town’s community centre near the historic Victoria Theatre, Tarnagulla Country Cafe also serves up hearty roast meals.

Justine regularly welcomes families and groups for special meals prepared in the cafe’s kitchen.

Justine says the cafe also serves as an important meeting place for local residents.

“The country atmosphere and country fare are enjoyed every week by local people catching up with friends,” she said.

“Our customers have also become our friends, sharing stories of the past week and talking about what’s happening in the district.”

Justine says she was absolutely delighted when out of five entries in the Great Aussie Pie competition, she won two gold medals along with a silver and a bronze.

“Not bad for a first-time entry from our little cafe in Tarnagulla,” she says.

“News has spread pretty fast and it’s as though we’ve started a new gold rush in Tarnagulla. People are pretty chuffed to know that in our town are locally-made pies that have come up trumps in a very competitive competition.”

A qualified chef, Justine is always looking for gastronomical inspiration for her culinary creations.

“The gold medal Lamb and Mint Pie started from using a left over roast,” she said. “Our customers love them and so did the Great Aussie Pie judges.”

Justine says that importantly, meals and snacks at Tarnagulla Country Cafe are made for all tastes.

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