Mmmm, pie! Must be the Farmers’ Market Thanksgiving pie bake-off

The Calgary Farmers Market held its 7th annual Thanksgiving pie bake-off on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

Chowing down: Participants in the 7th annual Thanksgiving pie bake-off dig into their samples at the Calgary Farmers’ Market on Oct. 10. Contestants are often participating vendors at the market, who submit their pies to be judged by both the public and a panel of judges. (Photo by Dawn Ilg/The Press)

The Calgary Farmers’ Market held its 7th annual Thanksgiving pie bake-off on Oct. 10 at the facility on Heritage Drive S.E.

Vendors submitted their signature pies for judging and also offered them for sale at their own stalls.

Amanda Langbroek, marketing and events co-ordinator for the Calgary Farmers’ Market, was responsible for displaying the pies submitted by contestants for patrons at the sampling table.

“Thanksgiving is the biggest pie-eating holiday. So a pie bake-off is perfect for charity,” Langbroek said.

The event invited attendees to “gobble it up for charity” with all contributions going to the Calgary Food Bank.

Langbroek estimated that they raised around $20,000 in donations for the food bank at last year’s pie bake-off.

Every $5 that the food bank receives from the bake-off counts for one food item.

According to the Calgary Food Bank’s website, their fiscal year from Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018, affected 180,666 lives and provided 66,204 emergency hampers.

“The goal is to help all Calgarians.”

The Calgary Farmers’ Market holds lots of charity events year-round.

The upcoming holidays that feature the food bank are ‘Pictures with the Grinch’ and ‘Tea with Mrs. Claus.’

The featured pies were judged by people and judges’ votes, giving vendors double bragging rights for the year.

Participants of the 7th annual pie bake-off were: Mylene Latouche-Gauvin, owner of A Taste of Quebec, with her maple pumpkin pie; Renay Eng-Fisher, owner of Delissitude, with a coconut crème pumpkin pie; Elna Edgar of Innisfail Growers, featuring her rhu-berry pie; Bob Whitworth of Simple Simon Pies, featuring a coconut crème pumpkin pie; and Debbie and David Catling, owners of Yum Bakery, with their sour cherry and sour cream pie.

The last winner of the 6th annual Thanksgiving pie bake-off People’s Choice award was Simple Simon Pies, with their Mongolian yak cheese pie.

Winner for the People’s Choice Award 2019, was Edgar Farms’ rhu-berry pie. “The pies are made on the farm after the last harvest,” said Edgar.

“The pastry is hand-made with lard, and our recipe we’ve had for generations.”

Edgar Farms is owned and operated by Elna and Doug Edgar, and is one of five farmers who make up Innisfail Growers, specializing in asparagus and peas.

They sell their products mainly out of Innisfail Growers but also can be found in farmers’ markets throughout Alberta.

Yum Bakery claimed the Judges’ Choice award for their sour cherry and sour cream pie.

The Catlings of Yum Bakery have a wide variety of baked goods available either online on their site, or at their stall at The Calgary Farmers’ Market.

All the pies sold at this event can be purchased at their individual stores.

Bragging rights all year: Ballot box for the People’s Choice award for best liked pie for the 7th annual Thanksgiving pie bake-off displayed at the Calgary Farmers’ Market on Oct. 10. Participants are often vendors at the market, who submit their pies to be judged by both the public and judges. (Photo by Dawn Ilg/The Press)

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