Chudleigh’s PieFest 2011

Getting out of bed early on Saturday morning is typically a difficult thing to do. Nevertheless, this Saturday I stepped out into the morning chill, bright and early with one thing on my mind: PIE.

It was the 2nd annual Chudleighs PieFest and I had the delicious pleasure of being invited to judge the event! Along with Blogger Deborah Coombs, Valerie Howes of Reader’s Digest Canada, Steve LeBlanc from the Milton Champion, Tamara McPherson of & Adell Schneer of Canadian Living, I had the pleasure of tasting 18 fantastic apple pies and struggling to choose a winner.

The rules were simple. Pies must be apple, only apple, and arrive in a 9inch pie tin. This year, there was also a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Starlight Foundation. All bakers were required to bake two identical pies – one for the contest and one for the Silent Auction. During judging, spectators got the chance to weigh-in on the best pies and place a bid.

First prize went to Shannon McCrae and her fantastic caramel studded dual-crust pie. Second place went to Penny Martin of Sweet Sadies Baking, who also won best crust, while third was awarded to Eva Menda-Gibson. Sonja Tam went home with the prize for best filling.A�All the pies were phenomenal though�a point proven by the flock of spectators devouring the left overs once judging was finished!

Chudleighs is open July through October for pick-your-own apples, country lunches, tractor rides andA� other family fun. They’ve also got a restaurant and country shop on site where you can find apple goodies, local cheeses and of course, fresh baked pies! For more information, visit their website or follow them @chudleighsfarm!

Photo Credit:
Marcie Costello

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