Time to bake a pie!
The humble apple will be the focus of the largest Apple Pie Baking Contest on Long Island to be held in conjunction with the 30th annual Long Island Apple Festival on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Sherwood-Jayne Farm, 55 Old Post Road, Setauket from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contestants will have the chance to show off their favorite family recipes and participate in an old-fashioned blue ribbon competition during the event, which is sponsored by Preservation Long Island and Homestead Arts.
Entries must be traditional apple pies only. The pie, including crust, must be homemade by amateur bakers. The registration deadline is Sept. 27. Pies must be on the contest table at the Sherwood-Jayne House by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the festival. A written recipe must be submitted with each entry including the name and address of the baker. Each contestant will receive one free Apple Festival entry. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. with prizes awarded between 3 and 4 p.m.
According to Darren St. George, director of Education and Public Programs at Preservation Long Island, this year’s contest will be judged by nine distinguished judges including Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant; Lisa Basini, founder of The Baking Coach Inc.; Chef Marc Anthony Bynum, restaurateur and owner of MB Concepts; Adam Devine, manager of Three Village Inn’s Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern; Bernice Fehringer from Chocolate Works in Stony Brook; Chef Phil Morizio, chef and owner of Café Al Dente in Oyster Bay; Nick Acampora, president of Port Jefferson Historical Society; New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright; and Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright plus one lucky apple festival guest who will be selected as an honorary judge.
First-, second- and third-place winners will be announced for Best Tasting Pie. A fourth winner will be chosen for Most Beautiful Pie. The first-place winner will be invited to be a judge at next year’s Apple Pie Baking Contest. All pies, including their dishes, will be auctioned off after the winners have been announced.
For contest entry forms, please visit www.preservationlongisland.org. For more information, call 631-692-4664.