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Piefest XIII

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

We’ve made it to Piefest thirteen! It was a lovely day for Piefest this year! Much better than the downpour we had last year. (This time it started raining just after Piefest. Thanks, clouds!)

There was an unusual three-way-tie for best in show, and more amazingly, none of the three pies won their respective categories. You just never know how people will vote at these things.

Shama and I were interviewed for the Stupid Nerd Podcast about Piefest, which you can listen to here:

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More photos and the complete list of pies below:

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Piefest Dozen

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

A dozen Piefests is nice, but I’m really excited for Piefest Bakers Dozen next year.  It will be epic.  Italics!

Piefest Dozen was a throwback to the indoor Piefests of years past.  After two hours setting up tables and everything in the backyard, the sky opened up and drenched our lovely pie-petheater.  Fifteen minutes later, a two very soaked people managed to get everything moved inside.  I don’t think either of us were expecting a lot of people to show up, but man were we wrong.  Piefest 12 had over 30 amazing entries.

Best Cream Pie
It was a great year for cream pies.  The indoor venue kept the cream pie’s worst enemy, Mr. Melty Sun, at bay.  Emily took home Best Cream Pie at her second Piefest with her Bananas Foster Cream Pie.

Best Savory Pie
With only two (on-time) entries in the savory pie category, it was slim pickings, but both were delicious.  Ultimately, “Potonion” took home the award.

Most Ambitious
Shama once again entered a concept pie into the competition with her “Pepto-Pie: The AFTER Piefest Pie Solution.” I’m pretty sure this is the only pie ever to be garnished with Tums. It was… interesting.

Best In Show
And it was such a pretty pie too! Ashley Bauer and Jon Ferguson took home the top prize for the Moloko Stout Caramel Bottomed Pie.


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Piefest 11

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Holy moly!  Piefest 11!

Well, at least I have three Piefests chronicled on this website.  It’s too bad the others are lost to the archives.  What with planning a wedding a month later and all, there was some question whether there would be a Piefest at all this year, but boy am I glad we did it.  We had a perfect day and perfect people and some great pies.

Here’s the rundown with photos courtesy of John Berube, one of the greatest pie photographers this country has ever seen.  Hopefully he doesn’t mind me bogarting his photos

Best Presentation ~ Potato Ricotta & Onion Rustic Pie
Shanna Berube has a history of making amazing food that John photographs and I look at online and want to eat, so I can’t say it’s surprising that they won this award.  Presentation aside, it was also wicked tasty.

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Your Piefest 10 Winners

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Another year, another fabulous Piefest.  It’s been years since I’ve won an award, so I was pleased that my inside-out pie managed to win for Best Misc. Pie.  Steve’s Tomato pie was a resounding winner in both the Savory and Best in Show categories.

So go ahead and take a look.  Let the drooling begin.


Monday, September 15th, 2008

Saturday was the 9th annual Piefest. Despite three straight days of rain and area flooding, we still had a decent turnout, some brilliant concoctions, and the obligatory corpulence.

The winning pies:

Best Fruit Pie: “Love And Apple Pie” – Dan
There were some amazing fruit pies this year, but a really well-made apple pie is hard to beat. I loved Henry and Sam’s “Blue Velvet,” a peach and blueberry pie with a perfectly made buttery crust. John and Shanna’s “Red Wine Poached Pear Pie” was fabulous as well. It came with a red wine reduction sauce. Accoutrements equals votes. Joanie and Jon’s “Humble Pie” wasn’t so humble in the end. Despite Joanie’s anxiety that skipping the “bake crust before adding filling” step would result in tragedy, the lemon meringue pie turned out pretty dang tasty.

Best Cream Pie: “Little Davey’s Oatmeal Cream Pie Pie” – Jen and Dave
The weirdest thing about this pie is that Matt, who didn’t make it to Piefest this year, talked to me about making this same pie a few weeks ago. It’s a good thing he didn’t come. Can you imagine two giant oatmeal cream pies? Amazingly, the filling tasted exactly right. I made my grandmother’s chocolate fudge pie with a cream cheese crust, which tied for second place along with a late-arriving (but wonderful) chocolate-peanut-butter cream pie.

Best Savory Pie: “Leekie Pie” – Ruth
The savory category is often the most unpredictable. We only had four savory entries this year and they were all pretty yummy. I love how everyone at Piefest grabs a plate and says, “I think I’ll start with the savory pies.” Of course, there could be only one winner, and Ruth’s leek pie took home the prize.

Best Miscellaneous Pie: “Blueberry Pancake with Maple-Bacon Syrup” – Devon and Beth
When this pie walked through the door it was love at first sight. Blueberry pies are my favorite, and then you add a pancake crust?! Are you kidding me? I didn’t even have the maple-bacon syrup and it was still fantastic. Max and Kate’s mysterious “Buttermilk Pie” came in at the last minute and nearly stole the trophy, but fell a couple votes short. Steve and Virginia’s mind-blowing spicy “Mayan Truffle Pie” took this year’s “Don’t Take Too Big A Slice or You’ll Die” award.

Best Crust: “Chocolate Truffle Banana” – Jody
The Best Crust category can go two ways: beauty or taste. I usually vote for the tastiest crust (I picked “Blue Velvet”) but this year the prettiest crust was the overwhelming favorite, featuring dozens of hand-crafted pie-crust leaves.

Best Presentation: “Little Davey’s Oatmeal Cream Pie Pie” – Jen and Dave
Ever since Nick used his Dremel tool to carve a design into a pumpkin and then served a pumpkin pie inside of it, there’s always someone who goes overboard with presentation. This year it was Jen and Dave, whose giant Oatmeal Cream Pie came in its own box with its own logo. As a final touch, it was also individually wrapped. Nice. Shama’s Ridiculous “Cereal Killer” was a distant second, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

Most Original: “Cereal Killer” – Shama
This was another runaway category. Shama’s “Cereal Killer” pie was a sight to behold and an endeavor to eat. I think a lot of folks didn’t really know what to do with it. A Rice Krispie treat crust topped with Golden Grahams followed by a layer of banana cream finished with a fruit and cereal melange and served with milk. Jody actually poured the milk over his slice. Why not?

Most Ambitious Pie: “Blueberry Pancake with Maple-Bacon Syrup” – Devon and Beth
This award usually honors conceptual brilliance but lackluster execution — otherwise known as the “Miserable Failure” award. My cantaloupe pie debacle often comes to mind. This year, however, it went to an ambitious pie concept that was actually a success.

Best In Show: “Love And Apple Pie” – Dan
I think one of the honorable mention nominations said it best: “Apple is a hard category to win — basic but good.” But it was better than good. The apples were sliced so perfectly and, well, it was the best pie of the day.

Honorable Mentions:
Every year there is space on the ballot for people to write in honerable mentions. Here are a couple”

  • “Blueberry Pancake Pie because you get to pour syrup on a pie.”
  • “Best See-Food Pie? Natasha for showing us all the pie in her mouth.”
  • “Real Deal Southern Pecan Pie because it was outstanding but I had to vote for my own pie in this category.”
  • “The Artichoke Spinach Pie has a lot of heart.” [ed- ugh.]

Piefest 8

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

For the last 8 years I’ve been hosting a pie baking contest at the end of the summer. Piefest 8 will take place on Sunday. Today I’m working on making prizes for the winners, as I do every year. I also make prizes for our bowling league. Once my friend Rachael told me, “You’ve made every prize I’ve ever won.”

We were brainstorming ideas for this year’s Piefest prizes, and I think Shama came up with a good one, but you’ll have to come to Piefest to see what it is. (If you want to come to Piefest, send me an e-mail.) Piefest prizes are usally framed plaques with the name of the award on them. One year they were little 4×6 paintings and one year they were paper cuttings, but last year was my favorite. The prizes were based on weird photos found on the Internet. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Here’s the one for “Best In Show,” although we agonized over it since there were so many other great photos.


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