Celebrating Pi Day with…uh…Cherry Pie

In celebration of Pi Day (π Day — this Saturday, 3.14), I’m putting this Facebook album from an event last summer onto the blog for real, so that it now has a happy (and Google-able) home! Mostly pictures, not much by way of commentary 😛

So officially, this event was The 5th Incredible Pie Championship put on by the fine East Van community-minded collective The Association of Very Good Ideas. This happened back on Sunday, August 24, 2014 and I had pie overload.

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Here we are!

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It’s Tin Can Studio!

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The Pie Shoppe were also there selling pies.

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This event was basically a big block party, near Napier St. & Victoria Dr. Anybody could enter the contest. All they had to do was bake some pie and bring it.

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Setting up and inspecting the pies.

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We got our ballots and golf pencils.

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Just looking at this point. No touching!

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Every pie got a number. See the full numbered list below.

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Classic.

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This one used cardamom-infused honey.

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Onion?! Blech.

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People’s signage ranged from rough ‘n ready to even more rough ‘n ready.

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I called this one “expletive pie” in my head. I didn’t get a chance to try it…

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Baaaaaaaaaaacon!

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Baaaaaacon pie!

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Baaaaaacon apple pie, to be exact! I think this pie ended up winning the Savoury category (of course!).

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AMAZING cake/pie hybrid!

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Banana Cream Pie with Swiss Meringue Buttercream. This one was a favourite. Dale is very clean and precise, and it showed in the flavours too. This one ended up winning! Congrats!

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You gotta click to enlarge and see what they wrote on the flags.

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Mini-comics! Not for the kids. Or maybe especially for the kids! It’s East Van!

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Uhhhh…

There were different categories in the contest too: Sculptural, Vegan, Sweet, Savory & Best in Show.

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This is what you came for!

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Photo op!

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The Pie Shoppe’s selection of pies: Salted Honey, Blackberry Buttermilk, Okanagan Peach with Vanilla Bean, Blueberry, and Chocolate Pecan.

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Quite a long line.

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The full list of 21 pies entered into the contest. All amateur bakers (as far as I know).

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The Lumberjack Royale. Bacon, apples and love.

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Here’s the “No Good But So Good” cake/pie hybrid. I got seconds 😉

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Peaches & Herb pie.

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“No Good But So Good” on the left, “Peachy Keen + Green” on the right. Both were faves. The peaches tasted fresh, sweet and luscious.

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I was confused and delighted by “Forest Pie”.

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Closeup of “Dales Diab-anana Cream Pie”. Precise, discreet layers of goodness.

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“Dales Diab-anana Cream Pie”. I want him to cook me up some pie again and again.

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Great event. Super fun. Tummy slightly uncomfortable from all the pie  😀

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