You can be a baker, eater, or runner at the 11th Annual Pie Fest and Cider House Run which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Shelburne Orchards. Pre-registered participants in the Pie Fest are encouraged to drop off a two-crusted apple pie before 11:30 am. This year’s judges are Gesine Bullock-Prado (cookbook author and former owner of Gesine Gourmet and Confectionary in Montpelier), Sally Pollak (food writer at Burlington Free Press), and Jen Smith (writer and owner of Nomadic Oven). “We announce the winners and then we typically eat all of the pies, just after we take a moment for some quiet Pie Chi,” said owner Nick Cowles. Judging takes place at approximately 12 pm, winners are announced afterwards, and prizes will be awarded–1st Place walks away with $200 cash. “Registration filled up quickly this year,” explained organizer Megan Humphrey. “We have so many talented bakers in our area who want to vie for bragging rights,” she continued. There will also be a performance by the Hokum Bros. For more info, please go to www.shelburneorchards.com.
The Cider House Run is a family-friendly 2- or 4-mile run, or 2-mile walk, through the orchard beginning at 11 am. The registration fee of $20 for anyone over 12 includes a $5 coupon for Pick Your Own apples. Kids under 12 are requested to pay $5 for the coupon. Pre-registration is suggested, but not mandatory, by calling Shelburne Health and Fitness at 985-4410. For more info, please contact Rayne at 316-7142, email@example.com, or go to www.racevermont.com/cider-house-runwalk/. Race day registration is from 9:45-10:45 am at Shelburne Orchards.