Bidwell Country Fair Pie Baking Contest

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Welcome to the 2019 Bidwell Country Fair Pie Baking Contest!

Do you love to bake for your family and friends or try new dessert recipes?  Have you made a pie that friends said could win awards?  If you answered yes to any of those questions then you should enter the Bidwell Country Fair Pie Baking Contest!  Each summer we hold a baking contest at the Bidwell Country Fair to showcase all of the wonderful baking talent in the Berkshires.  This year we have three great judges who cannot wait to taste all of the delicious pies!  We also have three categories this year, sweet pies, savory pies and bakers 16 & under.  Read on below for info about the judges, the rules and how to enter.

Our Judges

Michele Miller of Bola Granola

Michele has been passionate about food her whole life and has been cooking professionally for over 40 years.  In 2008 she opened Bola Granola, the much beloved local Granola brand that has an international following.

Rachel Portnoy

Rachel has spent over 20 years in the fine-dining industry.  In 2002 Rachel and her husband Franck Tessier opened Cakewalk Bakery in Lee.  After selling Cakewalk they opened popular local restaurant Chez Nous, also in Lee, where they focus on fresh, handmade, and delicious meals and desserts.

Clayton Hambrick

Clayton has been a chef since and the 1970’s and was a co-owner of the Church Street Cafe in Lenox where he cooked for almost 30 years.

The Rules

-Round Pies must have home-made fillings, from scratch, by the contestant. No pre-made pie crust or no store-bought pies. Pies with dairy or cream must be kept cool.

-The Contest is open to the public and will have three categories; Sweet, Savory or Baker 16 & Under

-Only one pie per person with no more than two pies per family

-The name of the baker must be taped on the bottom of the pie plate with telephone number (masking tape works best).

-Pies will only be accepted from 1-2 pm. Judging will start at 2 pm

-Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.

-After the contest the pies will be cut and sold as a fundraiser for the Bidwell House Museum.

Pies will be judged on:



-Quality and consistency of the crust


If you would like to enter a pie, download this entry form BHM Pie Contest Form 2019 and send to the Museum or call 413-528-6888 to reserve your spot and fill out the entry form at the Country Fair