Here Come Da Judge & the Elastic Pants... Pie-Baking Contest at the Taste of Wil
Check out the gallery of goodness from the recent Taste of Williamsville where I had the pleasure of judging the biggest-ever pie-baking contest in the history of the annual food festival. Event chairman Jeff Voelkl, a real-life judge, offered me the opportunity to experience the sweet competition at the Island Park fest.
Both rookies and veteran bakers were invited to participate. Although the weather was cool and rainy, the two dozen bakers just kept on coming, presenting one palate-pleasing pie after another. My fellow judges and I loosened our belts and, with plastic fork in hand and water bottle at the ready, sampled each and every one, judging on taste, crust and presentation/appearance.
Judge Voelkl did a masterful job presenting and cutting the pies in order. After the slices were distributed to us, the remaining pie was sold for a mere two bucks (by the slice) to hungry festival-goers. Proceeds from the pie contest were donated to the Williamsville Library.
Taking our roles seriously—and adding to our beltline rolls—the other judges and I debated the merits of each offering. We awarded the following bakers on these categories:
-Best of Overall Blue Ribbon: Deb Asfour for the coconut cream pie
-Most Original: Crista Stoklosa, margarita pie
-Best Fruit Pie: Tie - Kristen Johnson, strawberry rhubarb; Barbara Bulmahn, peach pie
-Best Appearance: Janice Schlau, strawberry raspberry sundae pie
Almost all of the “slices of heaven” were tasty and beautifully displayed; I was most impressed by the many variations, even on classics like the All-American apple pie. Whether it was a cool chocolate or a savory mushroom and cheese pie, the variety was outstanding and satisfying.
A tip of the toque to the bakers, organizers and other judges. My pie thighs and I had a blast!
Here Come Da Judge & the Elastic Pants?Pie-Baking Contest at the Taste of Willia
What is your favorite pie? Do you prefer savory, like meat and chicken pies, or sweet treats? Do you like pie a la mode or is ice cream overkill?
Give me pie any day
I'm with you, Brenda. Wheneverthere is a celebration, we always have pie because most of us prefer the variety and tastiness of a pie. We even love quiche--real men do eat that too!
you tasted that many pies! Love the pie pictures.
Let them eat cake...I'll take PIE!
From meat pies (never heard of meat cake!) to apple, kiwi, cherry, blackberry... If nothing else, they sure do sound healthier than cake. But I do love the tastiness of pies. Reminds me of mom's home baking and pictures of Aunt Polly (remember your Tom Sawyer?) cooling her pie on the country window sill. And I am still waiting for an award-winning pie from a former Erie County legislator. Maybe one day...
PIE all the way
Our daughter always opts for pie rather then cake Me as well ! My mom used to make the best pies ever Peach being my favorite. I have never been able to duplicate those melt in your mouth perfect pies...yet she said use LARD read the directions on the back of the lard and use ice water only...Stlll not the same apple or peach pie. She was the baker ! I love all the above pies Brenda. My favorite place to eat out ? my front porch with a piece of peach pie. tx Brenda Great subject.
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