The Village of Port Jefferson is cooking up the perfect challenge for pumpkin pie lovers.
On Saturday, Nov. 23, the village will be hosting its first-ever Pumpkin Pie Bake-off and Eating Contest.
The competition is being co-sponsored by the Port Jefferson’s newly opened pie shop, Torte Jeff Pie Co.
“It’s all about pie right now here in Port Jeff,” said Mayor Margot Garant on the growing popularity of Torte Jeff in the downtown.
The area’s pie craze led to the birth of this upcoming competition, which will be held at the Port Jeff Village Center.
As the name states, the event is going to be split into two components: a pumpkin pie bake-off and a pie-eating competition. Both phases are open to the public.
The bake-off calls on contestants to provide a freshly-made pumpkin pie to a panel of judges. Those pies will be graded on their texture, taste, crust, and appearance.
One grand prize winner will be selected, earning $250 and lottery tickets. Entrants must submit an application no later than Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. Click here to enter.
The piemakers must all create a second pie that will be raffled off to raise money for the local food pantry at Infant Jesus Church.
For those who prefer to nosh than bake, the village and Torte Jeff created a pie-eating contest.
There will be two divisions: adults and children under 16. The pie eaters will have 2 minutes to eat the most they can without using their hands. The age groups will have one winner each, both earning $50. Click here to enter.
Mayor Garant says this is the perfect time of year for this type of event.
“It’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving, everyone is in the holiday spirit,” she said.
in addition to the competitions, there will also be live music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
To learn more about this event, make sure to follow on its Facebook page.