If you're confident in your pie-making abilities, Art on the Avenue—to be held rain or shine on Saturday—is your chance to see how your secret honey-nut pie recipe stacks up against that of your neighbor’s exquisite chess pie.
For an eighth consecutive year, Del Ray’s signature event will include a pie-baking contest.
The contest awards cash prizes in two divisions: youth (17 and under) and adult.
The pies must be officially entered before noon on Saturday, and judging will begin promptly at 12:15 p.m. The pies will be on display next to the Avenue Store located on Mount Vernon Avenue between Del Ray and Oxford avenues.
Every pie must be submitted with an entry form. For complete contest rules, visit the Art on the Avenue website and download the form when it’s available.
Pies will be judged on taste and presentation (this is an arts festival, after all), as well as a special bonus category that can be added at the judges' discretion.
After judging, the pies will be sold for $3 a slice. All profits will then be given to Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia, a local nonprofit. This is the fourth consecutive year SCAN will be the beneficiary of the pie contest.
“Each year, the pies get more creative and the crowd gets bigger around judging time,” said organizer Pam Fitzgerald. “Then it’s sort of controlled chaos for the pie sales. It gets pretty crazy but it's a lot of fun for everyone. We're often sold out within 30 minutes of the results being announced.”
Bobi Bomar and Gretchen Wilkinson of Homes of Alexandria are the sponsors of this year’s contest.
Patch will pass on word once the celebrity judges are announced and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne gives the slate his seal of approval.
Take a look at the results from last year's contest.