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Enter pie contest at Downtown Market

Tricia Cleis
Smokin' Joe and Zoe will perform at Tuesday's Downtown Market in Glenwood Springs.
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You can still enter the fifth annual Pie Contest at Glenwood’s Downtown Market by bringing your masterpiece to the market at Ninth and Grand from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday. All community members are welcome to join in the fray and bring out your best pie. The more the merrier.

The judges love the challenge of choosing their favorites and letting the best pie rise to the top. There will be prizes awarded for three categories of pies: traditional fruit, cream and exotic/specialty. Beware, winners may be asked to do a cooking demo in the near future. There will be no cooking demo this week at the market as the Pie Contest will dominate the time slot.

Due to a cancellation in the cooking booth last week, the market board asked Angie Wiederhold to do a demonstration of her cooking skill at the last minute. Angie jumped on board to make vegan pesto that she served on Fresh Bread bread-cubes, basil, kale and spinach donated by Z’s Orchard and Early Morning Orchards. It was fabulous. We also threw together a peach mango salsa from mangos donated by Mango’s and peaches and onions donated by Early Morning Orchards. It may be hard to imagine onions in a fruit salsa, but the lime and cilantro blended with the delicious fruit to create a delightful zesty taste.

Marketgoers love the wide variety of hot prepared foods available at Glenwood’s Downtown Market. Tru-Media prepares a wonderful vegan dish with black-eyed peas, rice, carrots and broccoli; there are Greek gyros; and, of course, Andy’s homemade sausage and sauerkraut. But one of the favorite unique and delectable offerings comes from Jim Souza, the crepe guy. Jim’s business is called Just Crepes, but these are no ordinary crepes. Jim has a wide selection of fillings and toppings and his creations are anything but ordinary. Jim whipped up a sinfully delicious banana, chocolate and marshmallow crepe for me that was like magic as it disappeared from my plate and melted into my mouth. He may not know it, but the board of directors is hoping to lure Jim into joining the staff.

The incredible abundance of produce available this year is evident everywhere we look, especially at the farmers markets. It’s pretty exciting, but get to the market early because many items have been disappearing fast as vendors are nearly selling out each week. Come early to make your selections and stick around for the pie contest and the music.

This week, Smokin’ Joe and Zoe will be playing some smooth tunes in the music booth, sponsored by the Noone Law Firm. Joe and Zoe have been working together more than 10 years in the Roaring Fork Valley. Joey plays bass, Zoe plays guitar, and they both sing. Joey was lead guitar for Ike and Tina Turner in the old days and he played on Bill Wither’s Greatest Hits album. Zoe is a world traveler who has lived throughout Mexico and brings her love of Spanish music to her voice and strings. Smokin’ Joe and Zoe have a general mix of styles in their music with a strong Latin influence that people love, and their chemistry and creative vocals are a dynamic combination.

Bring your favorite pie creation to Glenwood’s Downtown Market and be prepared to spend a delightful evening among friends, listening to great music, anticipating the Pie Contest winners, sampling pie slices, and shopping for the freshest produce around from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Glenwood.


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