Shelburne Orchards hosts annual Pie Fest, Cider House Run Sept. 29

You can be a baker, eater, or runner at the 12th Annual Pie Fest and Cider House Run which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Shelburne Orchards. Pre-registered participants in the Pie Fest are encouraged to drop off a two-crusted apple pie by 11:30 am. This year’s judges are Stacy Fraser (Test Kitchen Manager for Eating Well and professional pie baker), Chef David Hugo (Owner of Starry Night Café and Executive Chef at the Inn at Shelburne Farms) and Jodi Whalen (Co-owner of August First & Stacks).

“Even though we tell everyone ahead of time who the judges are, no one’s allowed to try to bribe the judges,” exclaimed owner Nick Cowles. Judging takes place at approximately noon, winners are announced afterwards, and then prizes will be awarded with 1st place walking away with $200 cash. “Registration is already filled,” explained organizer Megan Humphrey. “People are still welcome to show up and help eat the pies after they’ve been judged, though,” she continued. There will also be a performance by the Hokum Bros. For more info, please go to www.shelburneorchards.com. “There’s peace in the world when there’s pie in the oven,” concluded Cowles.

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 $25 for anyone over 12 includes a $5 coupon for Pick Your Own apples. Kids under 12 are requested to pay $8 for the coupon. Pre-registration is suggested by Sept. 25, but not mandatory, by calling Shelburne Health and Fitness at 985-4410. For more info, please contact Rayne at 316-7142, rayne@racevermont.com, or go to www.racevermont.com/cider-house-runwalk/. Race day check-in is from 9:45-10:45 am at Shelburne Orchards.

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