VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vincennes Farmer’s Market held a pie contest Saturday at the Riverfront Pavilion for local bakers to compete to see whose pie is best.
The contest had previously been held in winter, but organizer Marcia Carter said they wanted to hold one at the market to showcase the summer fruit crops.
“The winter contest at the library went very well and people had a lot of fun,” Carter said. “So we thought, why not make one in the summer and have it be at the market?”
Rules for the competition were that no pie was allowed to include dairy and all pies had to be baked with only a fruit or berry filling. In the past, Carter said the competition has only yielded a small variety of cherry and apple cakes. However, this year’s competition featured flavors including watermelon, pineapple and raisin.
“The people who bake have come up with some pretty unique ideas for their flavors for this summer,” Carter said.
The pineapple pie, baked by Daniel Vaughn, was voted first place by the panel of three judges, which included a representative from Purdue Extension, a culinary arts professor and a pie enthusiast. Whitney Curry took home second place in the competition with a strawberry rhubarb pie, while professional baker Rosi Zehr won first place amongst experts.
After the competition wrapped up, the pies were sold by the slice to farmer’s market attendees. However, Clark said that today’s contest was not only about the pies but also to bring more people into the market.
“It’s just so much fun every Saturday to see the people that come, the same people that come every Saturday,” she said. “It is fun to talk to them and hear their enthusiasm for the market and hear just how wonderful our farmer’s market really is. I think it is one of the better ones around.”