Test Out Your Best Recipe at Marin Country Mart's Annual Pie-Baking Contest

Feeling extra American? Test your dough-rolling, filling-making, pie-assembling skills at the Marin Country Mart this Saturday for their third annual Pie Baking Contest. The ladies from Three Babes Bakeshop will be hosting a free apple pie baking demo at 10:30 a.m. The demo will be followed by a free-for-all pie-making contest at 11 a.m. Entrants must bring their pie to the farmers' market tent by 10 a.m. Whoever's pie pleases the judges palates most wins $200 and permanent bragging rights. Pies will be judged based on taste, presentation, and flakiness of crust.

"It's a fun event for the aspiring pie maker," says Lenore Estrada, co-owner of Three Babes. Estrada has competed in pie and cake decorating contests at the Stockton County Fair since she was a child. Her biggest tip: Shop at the farmers' market for your ingredients. "Starting with superior ingredients you'll get a superior product," she says.

Those unable to attend the Saturday event or feel their pie-making brilliance was overlooked can try again on Oct. 26, when CUESA's annual Harvest Festival at the Ferry Building will include a pie-making competition.

For Saturday's entry rules and more info, check out Marin Country Mart's website.

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