Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pie Fest 2017 Pie Baking Contest

Pie Fest wouldn't be much without our contestants.

Rules revision coming soon! Stay tuned!

Olympia Pie Fest 2017 Pie Baking Contest Rules
Saturday, February 25
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Olympia Center 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia Washington

Contestants must bring two of the same pie for each entry. One pie will be cut for judging with the remaining pieces sold; and the other will be cut or sold whole. All sales benefit the Thurston County Food Bank and Senior Nutrition Program.

Please bring pies in disposable 8-, 9-, or 10-inch pie pans – pie plates will not be returned.
Pies must be dropped off at the Olympia Center Multi Service Room between
10 am and 11:30 on Saturday February 27th. Judging begins at 11:45 am.

Entry fee (per entry) is $5 or 5 cans of quality food product.
Pie crusts and fillings must be made from scratch. Please don’t submit a pie made with store bought crusts, dough or canned fillings.

Pies that require refrigeration will not be accepted. (For example, but not limited to, cream fillings, meringues, custards, home canned fillings and pumpkin.) No cream cheese or dairy toppings such as ice cream or cream may be added to the pie. We do accept nut pies (those that do not require refrigeration).

You may enter as many times as you want.
This contest is for amateur and novice bakers only. In other words, if you make your living by baking pies, we hope you will consider donating pie and joining us to eat pie and buy raffle tickets to support the fundraiser.

Pies are scored on appearance, crust and overall taste/flavor.
If you have questions, ask 'em here or send them to

 Pie Fest 2017

Saturday February 25, 2017 from 1 PM - 3:30 PM at the Olympia Center,
222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, Washington 98501
Eat pie! Win raffle prizes from local merchants! Compete in the pie baking contest! All to support the Thurston County Food Bank and Senior Nutrition Program. Questions? Please sent them to

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Many thanks to our Sponsors and Donors, we couldn't do it without you. 

Our 2016 Sponsors
Carter Hick, PLLC
Columbia Bank
Community for Interfaith Celebration
Eastside Big Tom
Expecting Change
Harbor Wholesale Food
Intercity Transit
Mix 96.1 KXXO
Olympia Downtown Association
Olympia Food Co-op
RE/MAX - Teri Bevalacqua
Rosser Chiropractic
Scott Homes, Inc.
South Sound Dentistry
State Farm - Pete Mattich
The Sherwood Press
Washington Federation of State Employees, Local 443
Washington State Council of Firefighters

Our 2016 Donors 
5th Avenue Fitness
Anthony's Homeport
Archibald Sisters
Batdorf & Bronson
Cafe' Vita
Compass Rose
Encore Chocolate and Tea
Harlequin Theater
Little General
McCowan and Associates
McMenamin's Spar Cafe'
Nineveh Assyrian Food Truck
Old School Pizzeria
Olympia Coffee Roasters
Olympia Family Theater
Olympia Olive Oil
Olympia Wood Turners Guild
Orca Book
Stephanie Cedarholm - Balanced Body Massage
The Wine Loft
Traditions Cafe'
Washington Center for the Performing Arts

The Final Tally is in.

The final tally is in and thanks to all the love and support from the community the Olympia Bakers Guild will donate $10,000 to the Thurston County Food Bank, an increase of about 33% from last year. That's the power of pie. See you next year on fourth Saturday in February.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Great community support!

So grateful for the help at Pie Fest 2016 from other community groups, the South Puget Sound Community College Baking and Pastry Arts program, the Olympia Food Co-Op, Rockabilly Mafia Dolls Olympia Washington and the Capital Lakefair royalty court.

List of winning bakers and pies.

3rd Place Janie Pearson - Apple
2nd Place Karalee Simmons - Triple Berry
1st Place - Ruby O'Donnell - Blueberry

3rd Place Ben Bigley - Apple-Ginger
2nd Place Brody Bird - Cinnamon Roll Apple
1st Place Genevieve Kramer - Blueberry Apple

3rd Place Amy Fisher - Pecan
2nd Place Claire Lasee - Blueberry Blackberry Basil
1st Place Amy Ray - Pecan with shortbread crust

Grand Prize
Andrea Cotey - Strawberry Rhubarb

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who baked! We couldn't do it without you!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

SPSCC Students Make Pies for Pie Fest 2016.

A doffing of the toque blanche to the fine folks of the South Puget Sound Community College Baking and Pastry Arts Program. Here's a video of them making 40 pies in support of Pie Fest 2016. Aren't you inspired to donate a pie of your own?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

Pie Fest 2016 and the Pie Fest 2016 Pie Baking Contest are just over a week away. Follow the link below to see a great story from ThurstonTalk about the great support we are getting from the Baking and Pastry Arts program at South Puget Sound Community College.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Less than 2 weeks until the Pie Fest 2016 Pie Baking Contest ((Entries accepted from 10 - 11:30 am) and Pie Fest 2016 (starts at 1pm)!

If you feel like baking but don't want to compete, we are happy to accept your donated pie. No judging, just gratitude for your support of the Thurston County Food Bank and Senior Nutrition Program. And a ticket for a slice of pie during the Fest.

We often run short of sugar-free and gluten-free pies.

Hope you can join us!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Consider donating a pie.

The most important ingredient in Pie Fest is, of course, pie. Last year, yes, we did run out of pie. This year as part of our efforts to make sure that this doesn't happen again, we are soliciting and accepting donations of baked pies. Please follow most of the rules of the Pie Fest 2016 Pie Baking Contest EXCEPT you can use a pre-made crust and you don't have to make two pies. We are very happy to accept singles.

The most important reason for Pie Fest is to support the Thurston County Food Bank and Senior Nutrition Program. Your one donated pie is worth $24 (8 slices @ $3 ea.) and with their size and connections the food bank can use this to feed a family of 4 for a week. Oh yeah, you get a ticket for a slice of pie too.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Carry your pie in style!

Carry your pie in style!

The Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Pie Fest Pie Baking Contest will take home this custom made, handcrafted beauty.

There will be lots of other cool prizes for winning bakers and gift baskets available for auction at Pie Fest 2016. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Need to learn or brush up your pie baking skills in advance of the PieFest 2016 Pie Baking Contest? Sign up for The Love of Pie, a pie making class we are offering through the Olympia Food Co-op on January 24.