Central Farm Markets’ annual Labor Day weekend pie-baking contest is returning for a fifth year.
The Bake Bethesda a Pike Contest matches up some of the D.C. area’s best amateur bakers in a competition that has featured more than 200 pie creations of very different types.
Pies in this year’s contest will be judged in a sweet and savory category. There will also be a kids division for bakers age 7-17 and for the first time, a division specifically for culinary students.
The event is set for Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Bethesda Central Farm Market, held at Bethesda Elementary School (7600 Arlington Rd.). A $5 registration fee per pie submission will go to the Manna Food Center.
This year’s three judges will be pastry chef and writer Lisa Cherkasky, Black Restaurant Group pastry chef Susan Wallace and Stratford University School of Baking and Pastry Arts professor Peter Brett.
After the judges taste and rate the pies will be what’s probably the audience’s favorite part of the event — the cutting of the pies. For a small donation to Manna, anybody can taste the pies.
Market chef Lynn Foster, market owner Debra Moser and market blogger Diana Ash will bake another 25 peach and berry pies in honor of the contest’s fifth year. Those pies will be for sale and all proceeds donated to Manna.