Love Pie? Don’t Miss the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest!

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.

Bucktown Apple Pie Contest | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

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.

Bucktown Apple Pie Contest | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

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.

Bucktown Apple Pie Contest | Photo courtesy of Tammy Green

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!

About Tammy Green, Chicago Bites

Tammy Green is the co-founder of restaurant review site, Chicago Bites, a local and independent collaboration of talented people interested in eating well. She’s been eating for years, but didn’t discover her professional fascination with food until she started talking about it every week. As a result of Chicago Bites, she has expanded her interest in food policy, gardening, canning, composting, organic issues, slow food, local producers and chefs and how these all impact the Chicago dining experience.
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