As part of Callander’s upcoming FunFest on June 25th, organizers are hosting a pie contest, and the call has gone out to local bakers to bring their best dish. Anyone is welcome to enter a pie, and there are four categories—junior is for the up-and-coming pie makers 12 and under. A youth category has been set up for bakers aged 13 to 18, and the adult category is for everyone over 18 and under 64. Which brings us to the final category for seniors, aged 65 and up.
There is one catch. The pie must be apple. No other fruit or berry filling will be considered. You won’t get through the door with pecan, and no matter how high the meringue, that lemon pie won’t earn you any accolades on June 25th. Apple only.
Registration is not required to take part, only an apple pie. And you are asked to bring that pie to Callander’s Community Centre before 8 a.m. for judging, which will wrap up before 10 a.m. Also at the Community Centre that day is the big pancake breakfast hosted by Callander’s Fire Department, a fundraiser to help pay down the bill for the night’s fireworks show.
“It’s mostly for fun,” explained Dina Vendetti, the head of the FunFest organizing committee, but there is a ribbon waiting for the winner, plus the baker will earn claim to having the best apple pie in Callander for the year.
Vendetti and the committee have been working hard to put together a memorable FunFest, complete with a parade, activities at Centennial Park “with lots of vendors,” and of course, an evening of fireworks over Callander Bay.
But first, the pies will be judged, so Callander bakers, heed the call.
David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.