Coming up this Sunday- is the second annual Cville Pie Fest! A free event, fun for the whole family, and in support of a great cause.
First devised in 2009, by a handful of social media gurus tweeting, chatting, and blogging about how fun it would be to have a pie competition, this has now become an annual event celebrated in Charlottesville.
The pie fest is free to attendees, who pay only for $1 samples of each of the pies. Celebrity guest judges taste test and announce the winners, and everyone gets to enjoy great company! All of the proceeds go towards PACEM, which is the non-profit People and Communities Engaged in Ministry, which spends it’s time and dollars providing shelter to the homeless of Charlottesville, during the cold winter months.
Judging is done with a list of specific criteria and point scoring. From the PieFest Website;
When judging the pies, our panel of judges will be considering the following criteria:
- Overall flavor. No one wants a pie that doesn’t taste good, so this is the single most important judging criterion. It is worth twice of what any of the others are. Be sure that your pie is tasty, preferably delicious, and ideally divinely flavored. 10 points.
- Crust. The crust separates a good pie from a fantastic pie. People who are serious about pie are very serious about crust, and a poor crust will virtually ruin a pie experience for them. 5 points.
- Presentation. They say you eat with your eyes first. A beautiful pie will make the judges hungry for more, and they will be expecting greatness. If you can make your pie look as great as it tastes, you will be on your way to a winning pie. 5 points.
- Originality/Traditionality. This is a specialty of the Cville Pie Fest. Sometimes a pie will transport you back to your childood, reliving the ideal life of the best apple pie you’ve ever eaten. They will remind you of holidays, and favorite relatives, and all of the good times you’ve ever had in your life when a pie has been present. These are the Traditional Pies. Other pies break new ground in pie making. There may be a flavor combination never before dreamed, or something that would ordinarily be a whole fruit that is, instead, a custard pie. Whatever it is, we may never have seen it before. These are the Original Pies. Cville Pie Fest pies should be one or the other. A minor deviation from tradition will get neither points for Originality nor Traditionality, but going big one way or the other could get you the full points for this category. 5 points.
Join us for the PieFest- no need to RSVP, just show up! Sunday October 3 from 3P – 5P. Located at the Haven at First and Market.