For some, the annual Oly Pie Fest is as close to a slice of heaven as they can get.
Now in its sixth year, the bake-off attracts more than 50 would-be pie champs — and many times that of eager pie eaters.
Sponsored by the Olympia Bakers Guild, the event brings together some of the region’s best novice pie makers and a wide variety of sweet treats. Last year’s pie winners included pomegranate-raspberry, apple, marionberry, blueberry, fig and several other fruit combos.
A panel of judges determine winners in three age groups, and then the event opens to the public at 1 p.m. Judges include Mary Hall, Thurston County auditor, Scot Whitney of Harlequin Productions and Leanne Willard from The Bayview School of Cooking.
Raffles for gift baskets, an emcee and the band Fishtrap liven up the atmosphere.
“Each year we have packed the Olympia Center and we sell out of pie,” said the guild’s Kathy Kinard.
All entry fees in the contest are given to the Thurston County Food Bank and Senior Service for South Sound’s Senior Nutrition Program.
“Each entry raises over $50 for the Food Bank. That can feed a family of four for a week through their program,” Kinard said.
IF YOU GO
Oly Pie Fest
When: Saturday; Pie contest 10 a.m.-noon; judging noon-1 p.m.; open to the public: 1-4 p.m.
Where: Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia.
Pie slices: $3 or 3 cans of food per slice of pie. Winning pies are auctioned off.
More info: www.olypie.org
Note: Contestants must enter two identical pies -- one for the judges, and one to be sold.