Bernie’s Pie Van man Jo Clifton carefully tucks into a pie during Rocky’s rainy weather yesterday.
Bernie’s Pie Van man Jo Clifton carefully tucks into a pie during Rocky’s rainy weather yesterday. MEGAN LEWIS

Residents have rainy day cravings

FORGET Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Rockhampton has a craving for meat pies.

Yesterday, as the city woke to heavy showers, pie eaters fulfilled their urge for the typical Aussie meal.

Bernie Clifton said on a rainy day, pies were the most popular item in the bakery.

Mr Clifton, who owns Bernie’s Pie Shoppe, said they would sell close to 10 dozen more pies on a rainy or cooler day.

“It’s always been like this; people just want their pies,” Mr Clifton said.

He said sausage rolls were also hot sellers in these weather conditions, with both beating salad sandwiches and rolls. And when there is a hot stint, Rocky pie lovers only stop for one day.

“We see pie sales go down for the first day and then people are back in.”

Jo Clifton, who sells pies from the Bernie’s Pie Shoppe van on the outskirts of Rockhampton, said when the rain started, there was just something in the air.

The 32-year-old, who likes a good pie, especially beef and bacon, yesterday said the mystery remained behind pies and rain.

Jo said he would eat two or three pies a week, but he wasn’t a fan of peas.

“That’s the biggest battle with pie eaters, they either love them (peas) or hate them; there is no in between.”



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