Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WRLF announces Oct. 23 Pie Contest winners

Press Release

For Immediate Release


WRLF announces pie contest winners


More than 20 delectable pies were entered in the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation's 7th annual Williamstown Pie Contest held on Saturday October 23. The pie contest brings the community together in celebration of the harvest season and our many locally produced ingredients.


Six local food aficionados; Paul Lovegreen, Danielle Steinman, Sandra Thomas, Norm Burdick, Jenna Fernander and Stephanie Santore; judged pies submitted in three categories: Youth (under 16), Adult Fruit/Produce, and Adult Nut/Cream. Judging was based on the overall look of each pie, the quality and taste of the crust and the filling, and the number of local ingredients used. During the judging, Amy Wood demonstrated her perfect pie crust recipe and gave samples of cookies and tarts made from leftover dough.


 The highlight of the evening was the sampling of the pies by more than 80 attendees, and the choosing of the public's favorite pie for the People's Choice Award, won this year by first-time entrants Amanda Chilson and Justin Rice for their Butternut Apple Maple Pecan Pie. Amanda and Justin were also the top winners in the Adult Fruit/Produce category.   Lisa LaRoque's Apple Cranberry pie was the second prize winner.  Venetia Greenhalgh's smooth French Silk pie won first prize in the Adult Cream/Nut category and second prize was a Chocolate Cream pie baked by Rose Mangun.  Pie eating was followed by a guided full-moon hike on the slopes of Sheep Hill.


In the Youth division, Cate Cangelosi was the winner among 10 youth entries, the highest number in the event's history.  Cate received the most points of all entrants with her rich Chocolate-Banana Cream pie.  Second place winner for her Zesty Apple Crumble was Amalia Leamon.  Leslie Reed-Evans, WRLF Executive Director, stated "we are excited to see the interest among our local youth in baking, and feel that the Pie Contest is a wonderful way to excite them about home baking and cooking and interest them in learning about local products."


The WRLF is a member-supported non-profit land conservation trust dedicated to preserving the rural New England character of Williamstown.  Its headquarters are located at Sheep Hill, a conservation property and former historic dairy farm.  For more information on the WRLF and upcoming events, visit www.wrlf.org.





Leslie Reed-Evans
Executive Director
Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation
Sheep Hill
671 Cold Spring Road
Williamstown, MA  01267


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