Adams Morgan apple festival, with competition from DC-area restaurants

Adams Morgan will be all about apples on Saturday with the 9th annual Adams Morgan Apple Pie Baking Contest and the 14th annual Licking Creek Bend Farm’s Heirloom Apple Tasting.

This year’s apple festival will be in front of the The Line Hotel, across from Unity Park, where the Adams Morgan farmers market is held.



The festival takes place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Adams Morgan will be all about apples on Saturday with the 9th annual Adams Morgan Apple Pie Baking Contest and the 14th annual Licking Creek Bend Farm’s Heirloom Apple Tasting. (Courtesy Adams Morgan BID)

Residents will be going up against local restaurants in the pie baking contest, with area bakers competing for the title of Best Apple Pie.

The pies will be judged by six judges, including Amanda Preske, owner of the soon-to-open Because Science art store, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, ANC-1C Commissioner Deb Felsenthal, Miriam’s Kitchen chef Marcus May, NBC News4 anchor Eun Yang and Washington City Paper writer and WAMU analyst Tom Sherwood.

Attendees will have a say in who wins by voting in The People’s Choice category.

The pies will also be sold for $5 per slice to support Miriam’s Kitchen’s charitable programs. Contestants will make three pies each, one for judges and two for sale.

The apple tasting is offered by Michael Taylor of Licking Creek Bend Farm.

The festival is free and open to the public.

The Adams Morgan Partnership BID is expecting about 1,500 people to attend this year. Last year, the event drew 1,000. Even with the pandemic, the Adams Morgan Apple Festival was still held in 2020, with pandemic-related modifications.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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