There is something about an apple pie baking contest among country folk that quickens the imagination, the heart and competitive zeal.
The Grist Mill Heritage Club again sponsors the annual Apple Day pie baking contest this Thanksgiving Sunday.
This year’s prizes include first, second and third prize ribbons of the proudly decorative Rosette and Sash variety. Gift prizes include local fruit wine, a Grist Mill gift shop certificate and a gift basket of local produce.
The pie presentation table with prize ribbons will be photographed and captioned for posterity.
A qualifying entry is an apple pie from scratch – round, home crust, mainly apple filling. Pies are received on Sunday, October 9 by 1:30 p.m. at The Grist Mill tea shop.
There is no entry fee. Only one pie per contestant with baker’s name / phone number attached in a sealed envelope.
Judging is based upon 20 per cent overall appearance and upon 80 per cent flavour and consistency of the crust and filling combination. Contestants are to provide a list of their pie ingredients but not the proportions.
Pie is sold afterwards to raise money for Grist Mill preservation.
Pie plates labelled underside are retrievable. Inquiries call 250-499-5417.
By Dave Cursons