In the South, making dessert is a sacred art. Everybody’s grandmother has their special recipe for making a German chocolate cake or Boston crème pie or coconut cake. But the high art, the dessert that truly conjures a sense of nostalgia for most Southerners, is a making an outstanding pie.
And that’s what the Arkansas Pie Festival is all about. This festival honors the best of this humble but delicious dessert. Pie makers from around the state will gather to see who’s got the best pie.
On April 20, in Cherokee Village, we’ll find out who’s got the best pies.
The festival is planning has full day of fun events planned for attendees. Starting at 10 a.m., the festival will open up with the most important part of the day: pie tasting! There will be pie shop and food truck vendors open to the public. The STEAM Roller Mobile Makerspace will also be on-hand to show off some of the great things the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub is up to.
At 11 a.m., the festival really begins kicking into high gear with the beginning of the pie competition judging. A silent auction will also open at 11 a.m., and live music will start at the center stage.
Miss Arkansas Claudia Raffo will grace the festival, and she’ll be signing autographs at 12 p.m.
Make sure you’ve left some room for more pie because the pie eating contest starts at 1 p.m. You can work some of that pie off with the pie throwing contest at 2 p.m.!
AY Magazine Food Editor Kat Robinson will be signing copies of her books inside the Pie Pop Up Shop from 2-3 p.m.
Get your silent auction bids in before 3 p.m., because that’s when the auction ends and the contest winners announced.
Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets for children ages 5-12 are $5, and children under 5 are free.
Admission includes samples from each professional baker and access to all festival events.