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Lust for Crust! Apple Pie Bake-Off Returns to Holstein Park

By Kim Bellware in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 30, 2010 9:00PM

2010_09_30_pie.jpg There are few better uses for the Midwest's finest bounty, the apple, than pie-making. The Granny Smiths, Honey Crisps and Red Delicious are filling out bushels at the city's Farmer's markets just in time for the upcoming Bucktown Apple Pie Contest, where a single winner will take home top prize for the tastiest, best-looking creation. Benefiting The Friends of Holstein Park, the contest requires a $15 registration fee and two identical homemade pies due the day of judging. Contestants can choose which pie to present for the tasting and appearance portions of the judging (the interview and swimsuit portions--for pie!), after which judges will score pies based on appearance, crust, filling and overall flavor/taste.

The contest rules stipulate that pies and pies only--no buckles, Bettys or strudels--will be accepted, with further requirements barring fruit (other than apples, of course) and raw egg in any form. New this year is the additional condition that excludes any pie needing special heating, handling or cooling.

Ribbons will be handed out to the top five finishers, with prizes awarded to the top three. If you're feeling altruistic but not competitive, you can also bring a finished pie to the event to be sold by the slice as part of the fundraiser. For those strictly interested in pie eating, slices can be had for $3 a pop--along with similarly-priced eats, drinks and pony rides.

Registration is currently open, but limited to the first 150 entries.

The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest is Sunday, October 10th from 2 to 5 p.m. in Holstein Park, located at 2200 N. Oakley. Free.