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Savory or sweet, get your fill of deliciousness at Charlottesville Pie Festival

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The Charlottesville Pie Festival returns on Saturday, June 10, from noon to 3 p.m. From savory to fruit pies and everything in between, pies will be judged on overall flavor, presentation, crust and traditionality/originality.

The contest will take place at the Stage at WTJU at 2244 Ivy Road.

“We’re so happy to bring back an event that has been a feel-good favorite for so many. Pie enthusiasts: start your ovens,” said Marijean Oldham, who coordinated the local Pie Fest from 2010 – 2016 with Brian Geiger.

Judges include:

  • Jamelle Bouie (NY Times)
  • Antwon Brinson (Culinary Concepts AB)
  • Rachel De Jong (Cou Cou Rachou)
  • Richard DiCiccio (C-Ville Weekly)
  • Patrick Evans (MarieBette Café and Bakery)
  • Gerry Newman (Albemarle Baking Co.)
  • Rachel Pennington (The Pie Chest)
  • Gretchen Stenger (CBS19)

Live music by the Richmond-based blues artist Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers will follow the pie contest playing from 3-4 p.m.

Attendance is free, but pie tastings cost $5 for three pie samples, as this is a fundraiser for WTJU.

“WTJU enriches the culture of Virginia and brings people together. We’re excited to work with Marijean to celebrate our community through food and music. Plus, we just love pie,” said Nathan Moore, general manager of WTJU.

Top pies will be awarded multiple gift card prizes to local shops and restaurants.

For more information or to register a pie, visit CvillePieFest.com.


Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.