Cville Pie Fest, The Quest for the Best in Pie

More than a year ago, facing a half empty nest, I turned to pie. I decided I would learn, through trial and error, practice and reading, to make really fantastic pie. I blogged about my pie adventures, calling the new category Life of Pie. I began baking my way through the 300 pie recipes in this book growing in confidence despite the occasional pie failure.

Then came the Pie Down.

Undaunted, I continued to bake, even making a Peaches n’ Cream pie and a Smoothest Peanut Butter Pie for an event attended by his highness, The Food Geek who found them delicious.

Last Friday, I took the day off work and for 13 hours baked myself silly, creating seven total pies. Three of them were entered into C’ville Pie Fest, three were donated to the raffle to benefit PACEM and one (due to family demand) stayed at home.

The C’ville Pie Fest was nothing short of amazing — 27 bakers, more than 30 pies, a star-studded panel of judges and lots of money raised for a wonderful charity.

No, I didn’t win. (Sigh.) But I’ll have you know that two of the judges awarded perfect scores for my Butterscotch Pecan Pie, so put that on your fork and eat it.

Listen to Coy Barefoot and Brian Wheeler describe my Butterscotch Pecan pie.

And look at these tweets from @cmaisannes

pie tweets

Of course, I (and the other 26 bakers) owe it all to this guy, the undisputed King of Pie:

The man behind the pie @stevewhitaker #cvillepiefest. on Twitpic

Next year, we’re going statewide — so be on the watch for Virginia Pie Fest — and yes, I’ll be back for the win.

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I'm a public relations professional, social media consultant and work-at-home-mom living and working in Charlottesville, Va. I'm Marijean Jaggers and this is my blog.
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7 Responses to Cville Pie Fest, The Quest for the Best in Pie

  1. Emarieg says:

    Watch out there Marijean. Hopefully I’ll be able to enter next year. I’m taking no prisoners.

  2. Mistie says:

    Seriously, you’ve got to get at least Smell-O-Vision going with these posts. Your STL fans are dying for yummy pie! 🙂

  3. This is getting serious. Next thing you know, you’ll quit your job, give up your volunteer responsibilities, and devote yourself to pie.

  4. Marie says:

    CVille Pie Fest was magnificent. A fabulous event. Ya’ll are awesome. Thanks for donating the proceeds to our community homeless shelter – PACEM!

  5. Marijean says:

    Just happy to support a great cause – and to get better and better at my mad pie skillz. 🙂

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