This Sunday, 150 of the city’s professional pastry purveyors and private pie producers will compete to see who will pop out Chicago’s best apple pie. Each contestant enters two pies — one for judging, and one for sale whole or by the slice to the public. If you love pie, this is the baking event of the year.
The judges are a mix of local celebrities, previous winners and high-profile chefs like Tru’s Gale Gand. The esteemed panel browse the pies first for visual appeal, and then filling & crust, and finally overall taste of the pie.
I don’t know how they manage to narrow down the choices from the range of pretty and creative entries. My favorite from last year was the “Pi Pie”. Even though it wasn’t a finalist, it did satisfy my need for apples and geekiness.
In between making big decisions about which and how many pies to try, attendees can enjoy family activities including square dancing, pony rides, and pumpkin painting. You’ll also be able to browse the silent auction items, buy produce from the farmer’s market, and mingle with pie contestants.
The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, now in its 7th year, is a benefit to raise money for Friends of Holstein Park. Stop by the contest this Sunday, October 16 between 2:00pm and 5:00 PM at the park’s Field House (2200 N. Oakley). Hope to see you there!