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American Pie Council (APC)® Prepares
for Record Numbers at APC/Crisco® National Pie Championships April 27-29 in
Orlando and APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco April 28-29 in Celebration, Fla.
Photo courtesy piecouncil.org
countdown is on for the American Pie Council® (APC) — America’s
only organization dedicated to preserving America’s love affair with pie — as
it gears up for its 18th Annual APC/Crisco® National Pie
Championships to be held Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 at the
Caribe Royal All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando and its 11th Annual
APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®on Saturday and
Sunday, April 28-29, in nearby Celebration, Fla.
The APC is now accepting entries from amateur, professional and
commercial bakers, as well as budding junior chefs, for the National Pie
Championships. Last year, the prestigious pastry bake-off drew more than 447 commercial, 142 professional, 301
amateur and 6 junior entries for an astounding total of
896 pies in the quest to find America’s top bakers. Commercial winners took
home bragging rights and the promise of greater sales, while winners in all
other categories received plenty of dough,
as is cash and prizes, including a Sears Kenmore range. This year’s
competition is expected to be even more heated. Entry forms and pie categories
for each division are available on the APC website, www.piecouncil.org. Entry is free for junior chefs and
$15 per pie for amateur APC members, $35/non members and each entrant receives
an Emile Henry pie dish; see website for professional and commercial entry
costs.APC members receive discounted
entry costs; membership information is also available online.
Pie lovers are also invited to apply to be a judge at the
prestigious competition. Last year, 174 esteemed pie aficionados from all over
the world lent their time and taste buds to nibble on nearly 900 pies. No
previous judging or baking experience is required; applicants need only explain
why they would like to be a judge. Potential pie judges may fill out an entry
form online at www.piecouncil.org
through March 30, 2012.
Hundreds of volunteers are also needed to make the championships
and the APC Great
American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco® run as easy as, well, pie. Volunteers may indicate the shifts or
they prefer to work
by filling out an application online at www.piecouncil.org
by Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
The Caribe Royal is offering a special rate of $129 per night for
those competing in or attending the APC/Crisco® National Pie Championships or the APC Great American
Pie Festival sponsored by
Crisco®. To receive this special rate, guests
must mention the event by name.Reservations may be made by calling 800-823-8300. For more information
about the Caribe Royal, visit www.thecaribeorlando.com.
“Preparations are heating
up at the American Pie Council for this year’s championship and festival. Right
now, all around the country, bakers of all skill levels are putting the
finishing touches on their best recipes,” said Linda Hoskins, Executive
Director, American Pie Council. “Each year tops the last in terms of
creativity, enthusiasm and dedication to the art of pie baking. We absolutely
cannot wait to see what this year’s festivities will bring.”
More than 32,000 pie lovers from across the globe are expected to
transcend upon Celebration, Fla. on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 for
the APC Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®. The increasingly popular, free
admission festival returns to Celebration with all the activities that have
made it a family favorite, including the Crisco® Creation Station, the
pie tinart activity for art lovers of all ages, and the Demonstration Stage
sponsored by Village Inn and Bakers Square Restaurants, featuring entertainment
and baking demonstrations with chefs from across the country. Always a crowd
favorite, the kids’ and adults’ pie eating contests return this year, once
again sponsored by Private Selection. Meanwhile, the Book Nook will expand this year to feature
even more choices by pie authors, many of whom will be competing in the
championships, including Michele Stuart of Michele’s Pies in Norwalk, Conn.,
who recently released her cookbook, “Perfect Pies: The Best Sweet and Savory
Recipes from America’s Pie-Baking Champion.” All festival events will be held
The highlight of the festival is the
Never Ending Pie Buffet, which last year featured an astounding 87,000 slices
of pie as well as ice cream, toppings and beverages from America’s best known
commercial bakers. The Never Ending Pie Buffet has grown each
year, from 83,000 slices in 2010 and 70,000 in 2009. The buffet and the
children’s activities are the only paid events at the festival.All stage entertainment and demonstrations
are free.Tickets are the Pie Buffet are
$10 for adults and $5 for seniors over 65 and children under 5 to enjoy all
they care of eat and drink.
interested in keeping up to date on the latest news concerning the pie
championships, pie festival or pie news can follow the American Pie Council on
Facebook and Pinterest and on Twitter at FYPie.
The festival will be held at Lakeside
Park at 631 Sycamore St. indowntown Celebration, Florida 34747. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7
p.m., Saturday, April 28; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 29. Admission to the
festival is free. Costs for the Never Ending Pie Buffet are: $10 adults, $5
ages 65 and up; $5 ages
Crisco® is a registered
trademark of The J. M. Smucker Company.For more information, visit www.crisco.com.
The American Pie Council®
is the only organization committed to maintaining America’s pie heritage,
passing on the tradition of pie-making and promoting America’s love affair with
pie. The APC offers personal, professional and commercial memberships. For more
information, please visit www.piecouncil.org.