2017 Pie Fest Winners

The 3rd annual East Nashville Farmers Market Pie Festival was held on Wednesday, July 19th at the East Nashville Farmers Market. The weatherman had called for a record heat day, but loyal customers flooded Shelby Park for the tastiest market of the year- Pie Fest. Kids enjoyed face painting and games and parents enjoyed the live music, food trucks and locally grown food.

Our celebrity judges were in for a real treat as they tasted homemade pies from all over Nashville. Special thanks to our judges:

Jill Melton, Edible Magazine

Rebecca Boyton, Nashville Farmers Market

Jack Silverman, Writer, Nashville Scene






Categories for the Pie Fest included sweet, savory and hand pies. Each pie was lovingly hand crafted and extra points were given if they used local ingredients.

The big winner of the day was Deep South Pies owner, Debbie Kandrach who won 3 ribbons! Debbie won 1st place overall for her famous strawberry hand pie, 2nd place on her savory tomato basil hand pie and 1st place in the hand pie division for her organic strawberry hand pie.


Pie Fest Winners:

1st– Debbie Kandrach, Strawberry Hand Pie

2nd– Alexa LeBouef, Deep Dish Apple Pie

3rd– Kita Williams, Peach Cobbler


Pie Fest Hand Pie Division Winners:

1st Place- Debbie Kandrach, Strawberry

2nd Place- Debbie Kandrach, Tomato Basil

3rd Place- Amy Kurlan- Strawberry, Peach and Rubharb


The East Nashville Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday, May- October from 3:30-7:00pm in Shelby Park, 1500 Davidson Street.



3rd Annual Pie Festival

The East Nashville Farmers Market is excited to present our 3rd annual Pie Festival on July 19th, 2017.  

The East Nashville Pie FPie festival estival and Bake-Off will be held at the East Nashville Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, from 3:30 to 7 pm. We are located in beautiful Shelby Park by the Cumberland River beside the playground.

Contest Schedule

3:30 p.m. – market opens and festival begins
3:30 to 4 p.m. – pie registration at judges table (pies cannot be submitted past 4pm)
4 to 5 p.m. – tasting and judgingDSC_0290
5 to 5:30 p.m. – scores will be tallied
6 p.m. – winners will be announced
6 to 7 p.m. – pie sampling
7 p.m. – market closes


    We will have three categories of pies this year:

  1. Sweet
  2. Savory
  3. Hand Pie (think apple, peach filled or an empanada)

Pre-registration and pie submission

Pre-registration is necessary! We need to know your pie is coming to reserve your spot.  To pre-register, send an email to manager@eastnashvillemarket.com and include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Phone number
  • Age group (17 and under or 18 and above)
  • Whether you are a professional baker, amateur, or culinary student
  • Pie category (sweet, savory or hand pie)
  • Name of your pie with a brief description

Pies are to be submitted at the registration tent between 3:30 and 4pm at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Pies will not be accepted after 4 p.m.
Please note that after your pie has been judged, it will be portioned and displayed for sampling for our market shoppers, along with a copy of your ingredient list and recipe.
If you are submitting a pie in a personal dish or stand, make sure your name is taped on the bottom of your dish so you can retrieve it after the event.

Contest Rules

Each pie must be pre-registered online and submitted with four copies of a full ingredient list, including title of pie, for each judge.
Each ingredient list should include the name of the farmer/vendor/artisan whose produce or product was used in the pie
Please, no store-bought pie crusts or fillings.
Please consider the summer temperatures. No ice-box, cream, or other pies that require refrigeration
Shelf-stable pies, only
Bakers are encouraged to use East Nashville Farmers Market ingredients provided by our local farmers and vendors, so please visit our market to purchase your ingredients in advance!

Judging Criteria

Pies will be judged on appearance, crust, filling, overall taste, and use of market ingredients.

Do’s and Don’ts for all event attendees

Do plan to purchase fresh farm food, freshly-baked breads, iced beverages, farm eggs, flowers, herbs, cosmetics, and more from our market farmers, vendors, and artisans.
Do come prepared with coolers for items you wish to keep cool, like cheeses and locally-raised meat.
Do bring a blanket and relax on the lawn in front of the live band.
Do enjoy dinner with your family provided by our vendors and local food trucks.
Do utilize extended parking areas around Shelby Park (i.e., by the train trestle near Shelby Bottoms)
Please, no smoking on market grounds due to crowd volume and children.
Please, no alcohol allowed. Alcohol is not permitted in Shelby Park.
Please, no parking in non-designated areas in the park.