Gallery: Snapshots from The Bucktown Apple Pie Contest

Most Beautiful
Most Beautiful

Our vote for the most beautiful pie goes to this one—a layered tart-style pie.

Angel Food Bakery
Angel Food Bakery

This professional apple pie was from Angel Food Bakery.

Enso Sushi & Bar
Enso Sushi & Bar

One of the professional pie entries was, surprisingly enough, from a sushi restaurant named Enso Sushi & Bar.

Hoosier Mama Apple Pie
Hoosier Mama Apple Pie

Ed's favorite pie shop in Chicago, Hoosier Mama Pie Company, brought their apple pie to the contest.

Second Place Professional Winner
Second Place Professional Winner

JR Dessert Bakery won second place at the contest.

Winner!
Winner!

Cheap Tart won the Professional Pie portion of the contest.

The Finalists' Table
The Finalists' Table

Look at all those pies. The cream of the crop.

One of the Finalists
One of the Finalists

This gorgeous pie occupied one of the coveted spots on the finalists table.

Fried Pie Under the Covers
Fried Pie Under the Covers

This entry was garnished with blue and white sugar sprinkles.

Leonard's Pie by Carol Hilker
Leonard's Pie by Carol Hilker

The same judge that told me NOT to eat the Maple Bacon Pie told me that this was the best pie he had ever eaten in his five years of judging.

To my surprise, this pie was from our very own Carol Hilker, and it was absolutely delicious. The crust was combined with cheddar cheese, and the whole thing was topped with a brown sugar mixture that took it to the next level.

Gangnam Pie-yle
Gangnam Pie-yle

That Gangnam Style song has infiltrated every facet of popular culture right now, including... apple pie.

Gangnam Pie-yle Slice
Gangnam Pie-yle Slice

Gangnam Style pie is apparently apple pie with a caramel style apple filling.

Grandma Iva's Apple Pie
Grandma Iva's Apple Pie

Grandma Iva is representing Chicago's flag with her pie.

Gryffindor Pie
Gryffindor Pie

Harry Potter endorses the Gryffindor Pie.

Jeneral's Apple Pie
Jeneral's Apple Pie

Jeneral's Apple Pie by contestant Jennifer Koltse featured thick meaty chunks of Granny Smith apples in a tender and flaky crust.

Pieple
Pieple

Here's a look at the crowd enjoying lots and lots of apple pie. I like to call them "pieple."

Memory Lane Pie
Memory Lane Pie

This dome-style pie was flavored with a lot of lemon juice and featured a saltier crust than most.

Memory Lane Slice
Memory Lane Slice

This is the giant "tasting" size they were giving out of all pies.

Aunt Julie's Old Orchard Apple Pie
Aunt Julie's Old Orchard Apple Pie

Just look at the impressive latticework on this beauty!

Nuttin' Fancy Slice
Nuttin' Fancy Slice

This slice of pie featured a sweet blend of nuts baked on top of the apples in the pie. The rich and sweet nuts were a good compliment to the tart apples.

Loaf Pie
Loaf Pie

This pie was baked into a bread loaf pan. One of the more uniquely shaped pies we saw.

Passion of the Crust
Passion of the Crust

This one wins "best name" award, at least in our book.

Apple Apocalypse
Apple Apocalypse

This was called the Apple Apocalypse Pie. In Soviet Russia, apple pie eats you!

Tallulah's Apple Pie
Tallulah's Apple Pie

A lot of the pies were attractively decorated, and Tallulah's Apple Pie was no exception.

Glutton For Punishment - Maple Bacon Apple Pie
Glutton For Punishment - Maple Bacon Apple Pie

I was dying to try this one until a judge told me it was a bad idea. I listened to him, and now I live with great regret.

Ghost Cupcakes from Sprinkles
Ghost Cupcakes from Sprinkles

What goes better with pie than cupcakes from Sprinkles Bakery?

The Finalists are Announced!
The Finalists are Announced!

The names of the finalists were proudly announced on stage with the band watching in the background. What's an apple pie contest without some live tunes?

Apple Pie Mugs
Apple Pie Mugs

These mugs were awesome, instead of the usual stars adorning the Chicago flag, the mugs have little pies instead.

Vienna Beef Hot Dog
Vienna Beef Hot Dog

Apple pie and hot dogs. What more do you need?

Moon Bounce
Moon Bounce

Nothing says "good idea" like filling children up with pie, then letting them play on a Moon Bounce for a long time.

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