Pies, in America’s food culture, are a symbol of home, traditions and plentiful ingredients. We all have memories of that home-baked pie sitting on the counter to cool, the smell filling the kitchen with the sweet aromas of apples, apricots or rhubarb from the backyard garden.
Tuesday, Aug. 20, is the annual pie contest at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. You can enter a pie recipe that is a family favorite or be adventurous and enter a new and exotic pie. There are three categories: fruit, cream and exotic/specialty. You may enter more than one, especially if you have an abundance of fruit in your backyard. It seems that apricots are the new zucchini: Everyone has more than they need and all the neighbors get some.
Pies should be delivered to the market at Ninth and Grand Avenue in Centennial Park by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Entry forms will be available for you to fill out, including a name for your pie. Judging will begin at 4 p.m., by nine qualified pie eaters. The entries will be given points for appearance, taste, crust and texture. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third in each group and a grand prize winning pie will also be selected. At 5:30 p.m. the pies will be served to Glenwood’s pie lovers for $3 per slice. Once again this year, the gals from the Property Shop will be assisting the judges and serving delicious slices of pie.
After you purchase your piece of pie, you may want to grab a cup of coffee and settle in to listen to Acoustic Mayhem in the park. Our music sponsors this week are Downtown Drug and Rocky Mountain NeuroAdvantage. The five piece local band creates spirited musical mayhem. Members Elliot Leonard, Craig and Lorraine Curry, Marc Bruell and Dan Rosenthal fuse their guitars, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, bass and drums, with fine vocal harmonies. They weave together a wide variety of styles including folk, rock, bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, blues and swing. Maybe they could cover Don McLean’s song “American Pie” this week?
If you are inspired by the array of pies in the pie contest and want to give pie baking a try, the fruit available at the market is at its best. All of our produce vendors can help you make a choice from their fruit selections for the perfect pie.
Magpie’s, at the market, can also send you home with one of their wonderful pies. They offer meat pies in addition to fruit and cream pies. Look for their booth on Ninth Street.
Join neighbors, friends and visitors, for all the fun this week, at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. The market will continue through September, every Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.