Pie in the Park 2010

Today I participated in the 4th Annual Pie in the Park event at Prospect Park. This event brings together bakers and eaters to raise money for various causes and people. Today’s event raised money for SCRATCHbread, a Brooklyn bakery that’s trying to purchase a new oven.

I baked a pie I called “Stars in Your Eyes Whiskey Apple Pie”, which was a basic apple pie with a healthy dose of Jim Beam and a star crust similar to my Fourth of July Apple Pie.

Stars in Your Eyes Whiskey Apple Pie

There were a LOT of pies at this event today. Cherry pies with bacon and duck lard crusts, lemon tarts, blueberry almond and more. Sweet pies, savory pies and even some whoopie pies.

The event was scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The amazing turnout led to pretty much all the pies being eaten in about twenty minutes – bad news for my friends who got there at 3 p.m. I feel that with just a touch more organization (maybe some kind of a line for the eaters, rather than a swarm?), this event could be outstanding.

Sadly, I didn’t win any of the prizes (Best Presentation, Best Crust, Best Filling or Very Best Pie), but I’m already plotting my pie for next year’s event, and expect an even bigger turnout. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love pie???

Here are a few photos from today’s event:

Pie in the Park
Setting up.

Worms in Dirt pie
The Worms in Dirt Pie, which won Best Presentation, and deservedly so.

Pie in the Park
Photographing pies and bakers.

Pie in the Park

Pie in the Park
Waiting to dig in!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Here are a couple of nice write ups and photos of the event:

Snap Food

Metromix NYC

(A post about my pie will be coming soon!)