The First Annual Florence Pie Bar Pie Baking Contest is open to amateur bakers only. Professional bakers or those who earn a portion of their livelihood from baking may not enter.



By participating in this event, entrants agree: 

  • To abide by the contest rules and decisions of the judges, 
  • to allow their pie recipe to be viewed by the public, and
  • To allow organizers to publish photographs of them and their pies.


How to Enter

  • $5 Entry donation or 3 non-perishable food items per pie (Western MA Food Bank will receive all food items and monetary donations)
  • Contestants may enter no more than one pie in each category. Multiple pie entries per person are allowed, but must be in different categories and require a separate donation.
  • A separate entry form, a detailed recipe, and a list of ingredients must accompany each pie.
  • Complete and submit an entry form for each pie here: florencepiebar.com.  
  • Each pie entered must be in the name of the person who made it.
  • Individual entries only, no place of business or retail/dining establishment may enter.    
  • >>>> Entry Deadline - September 22nd, at 6pm <<<<



  • A pie has a bottom crust, perhaps a top crust, and a filling. Tart entries are also allowed.
  • Sweet pies only, savory pies will have their turn another day.
  • Crust and filling must be made from scratch by the entrant only.
  • Pies should be submitted covered and at a proper temperature for the type of pie.
  • NO FROZEN PIES, please
  • Please use only disposable 9 or 9 1/2-inch pie pans.    



  • Fruit Pies
  • Nut Pies
  • Cream, Custard or Chocolate Pies
  • Youth Pie (Entrants must be younger than 14 years old.)


Judging and Prizes

A panel of judges from the community will judge the entries. This is a blind judging, and all decisions of the judges are final. Winners will be announced after the judging is complete. Please consider the light-hearted intention of the day and accept the final decisions of the judging panel.

  • All pies, including youth pies, must be submitted between 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM the day of the contest.
  • There will be a minimum of 3 judges, and pies will be evaluated by entrant number only (no names).
  • Judging criteria will include overall appearance and taste. Note that pie pan will not be considered a part of the presentation, (please use a disposable pie tin).
  • Scoring: Each judge will assign a numerical value (1-5) in each category without discussion among judges. The pie receiving the highest total numerical value will be the winner in that category. In the case of a tie, the judges will review and discuss those pies before a second vote.
  • Judges will not know the names of entrants until the winners are announced.
  • Winners in each category will receive prizes and/or gift certificates to Florence Pie Bar.
  • Youth pies will be judged within their own category for presentation, flavor and creativity.
  • All winners will be announced after the judging.
  • At the conclusion of the event, bakers may share their pies or take them home.  Any pies left will be disposed of by 8pm on the day of the event.


    WINNERS will be photographed and announced on Florence Pie Bar’s social media sites.