The DEADLINE FOR PIE ENTRIES HAS NOW PASSED! Thank you East Nashville for a great response to our first Pie Festival! It’s gonna be great Fun with lot’s of pies!!! With the bounty of summer right around the corner, the East Nashville Farmers Market is proud to present our 1st Annual East Nashville Pie Festival and Bake-Off on July 1st, 2015, sponsored by Treehouse Restaurant and Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company. You’ve enjoyed fresh, local produce, meat, and eggs all season provided by our Tennessee farmers. Now it’s time to show-off your skills! Enter your best made-from-scratch pie in one of two main categories, Sweet or Savory, and you could win prizes and accolades from the East Nashville Farmers Market. Simply pre-register your entry by downloading this pdf and present your pie at our market between 3:30 and 4pm on the day of the festival. We’ll have plenty of summertime Independence Day attractions, with children’s games, food trucks, the East Nashville Sports League, chef Todd Alan Martin serving pie samples, live music, and much more to entertain you as our judges taste their way to the first place pies.
If you’ve never visited our market or are unfamiliar with what our farmers, artisans, and vendors have to offer, now is the time to pay us a visit and start getting those creative juices flowing! Simply strike-up a conversation with one of our Tennessee farmers to discover a world of local food to fill a flaky, homemade pie crust. Our farmers will supply truck-loads of locally-grown blackberries, blueberries, and peaches to our market, in addition to locally-raised beef, pork, and chicken. Plus, bushels of farm vegetables, artisan cheeses, eggs, herbs, and more. If you are interested in participating in the pie baking contest, visit the East Nashville Pie Festival and Bake-Off Information Page to pre-register your pie and to find more information regarding contest rules, schedule, event details, and more.
This inaugural community festival and bake-off would not be possible without the support and participation of our exceptional judges. Our team will taste and score every sweet and savory pie to determine the winners for this event. This year’s judges will include:
• Lisa Donovan – Acclaimed pastry chef, Creator of Buttermilk Road Sunday Suppers, Master pie crafter, Chief Judge
• Scott Witherow – Owner of Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company, Earner of Le Grande diplome from Le Cordon Bleu London, Southern chocolate and confectionary mastermind
• Jennifer Justus – Celebrated writer, Author of The Food Lovers’ Guide to Nashville and the forthcoming Nashville Eats, Supreme collector and teller of stories, East Nashvillian
• Bryce McCloud – Artist, Owner of Isle of Printing, Creator of Our Town Nashville: Field Studies public art project, Unofficial mayor of Pie Town, Nashville, TN
If you are not submitting a pie for the contest, and simply want to taste a slice of Tennessee, the East Nashville Pie Festival and Bake-Off will host an array of food attractions, like local food trucks, a chef demonstration, and pie samples from the contest. Plus, you’ll find engaging outdoor games to keep the little ones entertained, in addition to the adjacent playground and swing-sets. We’re also excited to have the East Nashville Sports League join the festivities to host adult outdoor games, so come ready for food and family-fun at this East Nashville Farmers Market event.
As always, thank you so much for supporting our farmers! We look forward to seeing what you create with our market ingredients. Don’t forget to grab your favorite picnic blanket and dress in your best red, white, and blue to celebrate American pie for this national holiday — East Nashville style! See you then!