Judging at BC Fruit Pie Competition And Celebrating the Harvest Festival

On the thanksgiving weekend, I received this great honour from Vancouver Farmer’s Market, and became one of the judges for their BC Fruit Pie Competition.  As part of the annual Harvest Festival by the Farmer’s Market, this competition has welcomed bakers from all neighbourhoods in the city to showcase their pie creations from their creative or classic recipes.

The pies will be judged on: 50% for taste, 20% for appearance, 20% for crust and 10% for originality & overall appeal.  So I get to eat those delicious pies and critique them? This sounds like way too much fun for a food enthusiast like me!

BC Fruit Pie Competition @ the Harvest Festival

BC Fruit Pie Competition @ the Harvest Festival

Here are the judges… We have Kevin from Hua Foundation and The Choi Project, Warren, pastry chef from Elysian Coffee, and ME!!!

Judging at BC Fruit Pie Competition

Judging at BC Fruit Pie Competition

Here are the 6 contestants in the pie showdown!

Autumn Glory Pear Pie (with honey roasted pear)

Autumn Glory Pear Pie

Autumn Glory Pear Pie

Apple Pear Ginger Chocolate Pie

Apple Pear Ginger Chocolate Pie

Apple Pear Ginger Chocolate Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Pear and Concord Grape Pie

Pear and Concord Grape Pie

Pear and Concord Grape Pie

Cranberry Raisin Pie

Cranberry Raisin Pie

Cranberry Raisin Pie

Salted Maple Apple Pie

Salted Maple Apple Pie

Salted Maple Apple Pie

At end of the tasting, the judges were unanimous. And the winner is…

Pear and Concord Grape Pie

Pear and Concord Grape Pie

Pear and Concord Grape Pie

Since there was still a lot of pie left, the rest of the pies were available for public tasting by $2 donation to the market society. And other festivities would go on for the next couple weeks including the RIPE 2016 Feast held at Roundhouse Exhibition Hall.

It had been such another amazing “Summer”season for Vancouver Farmer’s Market and their 6 locations (West End, Downtown, Main Street Station, Trout Lake, Kitsilano, and Mount Pleasant).

Although the “Summer” season will be marked to an end (Oct 27),  we are still able to continue to eat fresh and eat local when the “Winter” season is arriving soon in the following locations:

  • Hastings Park
    Hastings Park – Centregrounds
    Nov 6, 2016 – Apr 30, 2017
    Sundays 10am – 2pm (except Dec 25 & Jan 1)
  • Nat Bailey
    4601 Ontario St
    Nov 5, 2016 – Apr 22, 2017
    Saturdays 10am – 2pm (except Dec 24 & 31)

 

Vancouver Farmer's Market, West End

Vancouver Farmer’s Market, West End

Vancouver Farmer's Market, West End

Vancouver Farmer’s Market, West End

Vancouver Farmer's Market, West End

Vancouver Farmer’s Market, West End

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