IT'S THE biggest thing to come out of Goondiwindi since Gunsynd. And it's the biggest in Australia.
It has been born out of an idea Jim Smith began thinking about while catering for a Master Bakers' event at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney quite some years back.
After initial plans were sketched out and then the concept shelved for several years, Smith's Pies 48 foot pie van finally came to fruition over a two-year design and planning period before building started in early 2016.
It hit the road in December 2016 and catering for FarmFest in June 2017 became just its tenth outing.
"Every time we do an event we get better at it,” Jim's son Dennis Smith said.
"It's been a massive undertaking, but we are very pleased with how it is all shaping up and working,” Jim said proudly.
"It's a fully equipped mobile commercial kitchen. It's self-sufficient so we make everything on board. With the Isuzu support truck we can feed up to 4000 people, three meals a day for five days before we need to restock.
"How many people out there can say they have tasted a pie that's come straight out of the oven?”
A Euro5 V8 Scania R560 tows the specialist drop deck van which was built by Absolute Trailer Solutions of Warwick.
he van is 14.6 metres (48 foot) long and is 4.2 metres high.
Two 'slide-outs' on the left hand side all but double the width of the kitchen/food preparation area and the servery/counter area.
Up the front of the van is a large freezer and a cold room which are internally linked and accessed from the servery area.
Both open out on the right hand side to allow for reprovisioning.
Under the front floor of the van sits a 30Kva generator which keeps the van's fridges, freezer and lighting running at all times.
Additional power for the all-electric kitchen comes from a 150Kva generator set-up in the 6x4 Isuzu FXY 1500.
The Isuzu also has a large cold storage area as well as a dry storage compartment and between it and the van, the two can hold up to eight pallets of cold, frozen and dry goods.
"We've been in discussion with emergency services authorities to see how we could be utilised in the event of a natural disaster as the potential of our set-up is just enormous,” Sherri Smith said.