Winners of apple pie contests at Warwick Applefest 2016
Noble Pies of Warwick judged the Apple Pie Baking Contest and hosted the Apple Pie Eating Contest at Warwick Applefest on Sunday, October 2.
For many years, the pie baking contest has been a tradition for local bakers and others in the Hudson Valley. There are divisions for young bakers and amateur adults, and a ribbon is awarded for the most creative pie.
Winners of Pie Baking Contest
1st place – Jessica Lepore, Belle Harbor, NY
2nd place – Melanie Kolacy, Warwick
3rd place – Nicole Buonforte, Warwick
Most Creative – Karen Miller, Warwick
1st place and Most Creative – Riley Persico (only one entry in junior division)
After the contest, the pies are sliced and sold to the public to benefit the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry. This year, the Applefest Committee will present a donation of $246 to the Food Pantry, with proceeds from sales of pie slices and contest entry fees.
After the Pie Baking Contest winners were announced, excitement began to build for the Pie Eating Contest, with a youth competition and an adult competition. The contest requires eating an apple pie during a ten minute time limit, with no hands allowed. The crowd cheered as the contestants dug in and ate their pies as quickly as possible.
Winners of Pie Eating Contests
Child Division – Kaylin Marichal, Howard Beach, NY 2:10
Adult Division – Eddie Cullari, Warwick 3:17
Winners of both contests will receive a free pie per month for three months, courtesy of Noble Pies.
Noble Pies, owned by Leslie Noble and Tom Herman, has been making homemade pies since 2008 in the Warwick area. Their retail location, at 121 State Rte. 94 S, Warwick, NY sells a variety of baked goods, with a small cafe serving pies by the slice.